Sundance Doc 'Battered Bastards of Baseball' Reveals First Trailer
Following a debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary The Battered Bastards of Baseball will make its debut exclusively on Netflix next month, and the first trailer has just arrived. The documentary tells the true story of the Portland Mavericks, a scrappy, independent baseball team of underdogs started by actor Bing Russell in the 1970s. In fact, you probably know one of the many players, because Kurt Russell is Bing's son. As someone who doesn't enjoy watching sports, there's just something that is inexplicably appealing about sports documentaries and dramas, and this looks like a treat. Watch!
Here's the first trailer for The Battered Bastards of Baseball from Netflix:
When Portland, Oregon, lost its longtime minor-league affiliate, Bing Russell bought the territory and formed a single-A team. When they took the field in 1973, the Mavericks—the only independent team in America—started with two strikes against them. What did Deputy Clem from Bonanza know about baseball? The only thing uniting his players, recruited at open tryouts, was that no other team wanted them. His quirky, unkempt castoffs won games, and they won fans, shattering minor-league attendance records. Their spirit was contagious, and during their short reign, the Mavericks brought independence back to baseball and embodied what it was all about: the love of the game. Chapman & Maclain Way direct The Battered Bastards of Baseball which premiered at Sundance anddebuts exclusively on Netflix beginning July 11th.