The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a 2014 documentary movie about the Portland Mavericks , a defunct minor league baseball team in Portland, Oregon . They played five seasons in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League , from 1973 through 1977. Owned by actor Bing Russell , the Mavericks were an independent team, without the affiliation of a parent team in the major leagues .
The movie directed by Chapman Was Way and Maclain Way, grandsons of Russell  and features Russell’s son Kurt Russell , Who played for the Mavericks and Worked as a vice president.  It also includes Batboy Todd Field , Frank “The Flake” Peters, Joe Garza, Jim Bouton , and Joe Garagiola .   The movie premiered to a standing ovation at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014.   Netflix , INITIALLY One of Several interested buyers, acquired the rights to the movie and have it premiered An Original Documentary on July 11, 2014.  
After a bidding war between Fox Searchlight , Columbia Pictures , and DreamWorks , filmmaker Justin Lin acquired the rights to adapt the documentary into a feature film.  Oscar-nominated Field was attached to write and direct adaptation. 
The Battered Bastards of Baseball received 100% on Rotten Tomatoes . 
Scott Foundas of Variety , said in his review that “So rife with underdog victors and hairpin twists of fortune that, if it were not all true, no one would believe it.”  Duane Byrge in his review for The Hollywood Reporter “The Battered Bastards of Baseball is not just about baseball, it is a charming anti-establishment yarn that should delight audiences who do not Even know an rbi from a balk. ” 
Dustin Krcatovich, from Esquire , wrote “easily one of the most raucously entertaining movies to come out this year, and the best sports documentary in a while.” Katie Walsh of Indiewire graded the movie B + by saying that “The Battered Bastards of Baseball is an entertaining celebration of the independent spirit and the love of the game.” 
The New York Daily News listed the documentary as one of the 10 best movies of 2014. 
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