Netflix, Oregon Historical Society launch ‘Battered Bastards of Baseball’

The cast of the Battered Bastards of Baseball, including Bing Russell's son, Kurt Russell. (Oregon Historical Society)
The cast of the Battered Bastards of Baseball, including Bing Russell's son, Kurt Russell. (Oregon Historical Society)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — They kept Portland weird before anyone even thought about putting up a sign – and they were really, really good at baseball.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and will be screened in Portland July 11, 2014. (Oregon Historical Society)
The Battered Bastards of Baseball debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and will be screened in Portland July 11, 2014. (Oregon Historical Society)

Indie flick ‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’ tells the story of a little-known a single-A team owned by a Hollywood actor that emerged after Portland lost its AAA baseball team, the Beavers, in 1973.

The team of castoffs, aptly named the Mavericks and led by Bonanza actor Bing Russell, not only set attendance records, but put professionally stocked opponents to shame on the field.

Netflix owns exclusive rights to the Sundance Film Festival hit, and to celebrate the film’s launch on the online streaming mega-site, Netflix, the Oregon Historical Society and the North West Film Center will host a one-night-only screening July 11 to mark its release. Directly after the screening, baseball writer and broadcaster Rob Neyer will moderate a Q-and-A with directors Chapman Way and brother MacLain Way.

The Portland Mavericks operated independently, outside the Major League farm team system, played by a cast including Kurt Russell, Todd Fields, and Jim Bouton 40 years later.

The screening will take place Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m. at the NW Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum at 1219 SW Park Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online for $6-9, with an added service fee.

 

 

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