The Battered Bastards of Baseball | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

[Todd Field]Long before steroids
and multi-million dollar contracts,
there was a truly independent ball club,a bunch of guys who were hopeless dreamers
looking for a second chance.
In short…the best kind of people. [Carren Woods]When we first heard
about Bing Russell,
there was this buzz about,
“Well, who’s Bing Russell?”
[Field]And he was in
The Magnificent Seven
and he’s the sheriff on Bonanza. My dad got killed 126 times,
I think it was. [Field]Why would Bing Russell
come to Portland?
Bing was out to prove that
independent baseball could work. [Bob Richmond]And I think we charged Bing
$500 for the franchise.
[Kurt Russell]So we started from scratch.“We’re going to have open tryouts.”“Show us for the fools that we are
coming from Hollywood.” [Frank Peters]You’d expect maybe
40 or 50 people to show up,
and I think 300 showed up. [Woods]Guys who drove
clear across the country
and sacrificed this or sold thisjust for the chance
to come and try out for the team.
I don’t care about the money.
I just want to play ball. [Field]There was no press handlers.There was no groomed image.There were just these furry, hairy, funny,
great bunch of guys…
[bat cracking]…and the things that happened
on the field were absolutely insane.
[bat cracking] [Woods]Organized baseball
didn’t like Bing
and they did everything they could
to make sure Bing didn’t win.
[bat cracking] [Kurt]He couldn’t stand them.They couldn’t stand him. Portland is the greatest
baseball city in the world. [Field]We broke attendance records
in the entire Minor Leagues that year.
[Rob Nelson]We really emphasized fun.[Richmond]The fans loved it.[Field]I’ve never seen a ball teamand fans behave the way
they did with the Mavericks.
[Kurt]He created the most successful team
in the history of Minor League Baseball.
[bat cracking] “This is gonna be magic.”

48 thoughts on “The Battered Bastards of Baseball | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix

  1. I currently play in an Independent league like this – the Pacific Coast Baseball League… has-beens and never-weres, like Jose Canseco.  People going up and coming down.  We just like to play ball and have fun doing it.  I'm 38 and I'm the old man on my team but I wouldn't trade the dugout experiences for anything. 

  2. great story. its disheartening to know corporations will sit back and watch you put in all the leg work hoping you fail. and the minute you start succeeding they have to bring a stop to it, by coming in and forcing you out. call it what you want, it is still arrogance and beating up on the little guy. and usually the bigger pockets can manipulate the rules and laws until they get the results they want, and all your work and interest is completely snuffed out.  

  3. I've never really been a sports fan but this story was too irresistible to pass on.  Watched last night & loved it.  My question is: is there any way to obtain/watch the 2-part "The Baseball World of Joe Garagiola" special regarding the Mavs as mentioned in the film?  Would love to see it but have struck out finding same.  Great documentary, highly recommended.

  4. Dudes I saw that movie and it was one of the best movies I ever saw! (If you comment start using the new hashtag, #the battered bastards)

  5. Jo Garza was the player that was sweeping with a broom over the Mavericks dugout. He did that when the team was sweeping a series. The broom somehow was lit. He`d get thrown out of the game. Good baseball! Thank You, Bing!

  6. As a fan of Mike Veeck and what his talent has brought to the St Paul Saints, this movie proved to be extremely enlightening. There IS nothing new under the sun. That ball club was amazing, almost too good to be true. It's like "Slapshot" only baseball instead of hockey, and fact over fiction.

  7. "here comes Reggie!!!"
    Beautiful story. boy did i learned about baseball (and Kurt Russel) in this doc. great soundtrack too.

  8. I played baseball for the Boise Buckskins  in 1978. There were quite a few connections and similarities between the Buckskins and Mavericks including the General Manager, Assistant General Manager, Field Manager & a couple of players. Battered Bastards of Baseball is awesome, especially for me. Thank You, Carren Woods, wonderful job! 🙂

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  11. I love everything about baseball except the actual game. Too slow. Sorry not sorry.

    BUT this was a great film.

  12. Great story I hadn't heard…I was in kindergarten when the team started. I love heartwarming baseball stories like this, even if they drive home that such a great game is controlled by SUCH corporate sleaze! I live 70 miles from a AAA PCL yard and try to get there 4-5 times a year and always enjoy myself. It does suck when they wrap up a good year though because you KNOW right away they're gonna be terrible for the next several as all the great talent gets called up! I would love to be closer to an independent club just for a different experience!

  13. Beautiful film. I'm from the U.K. and have absolutely no interest in baseball at all — it doesn't matter — this film is about more than baseball or even sport, it's about showing the people that think they know everything that don't know anything at at. God bless (I'm an atheist too!) Bing Russell and the Portland Mavericks.

  14. I always watch this movie every year, man it's so good. Great example of doing what you love, chase your dreams, and enjoy it with the people around you

  15. I’ve watched this at least once a year since it came out. I bought a Portland Mavericks Hat and wear it all the time

  16. Just watched this for the 5th time… an amazing story about a “raggamuffin” group that just wanted to prove they belong. Everyone from their owner to their batboy wanted to prove they were good enough, and they were. If you are a baseball fan it will take you back to a time of fun and innocence.

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