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Bing Russell's grandsons explore his 'Battered Bastards of Baseball'
Bing Russell's grandsons explore his 'Battered Bastards of Baseball'

Bing Russell had several claims to fame. He played Deputy Clem on NBC's blockbuster western series "Bonanza." He's the father of movie star Kurt Russell. And he owned a baseball team. Not the Dodgers, mind you, or the Yankees or any team you probably ever heard of. It was the Portland Mavericks, an independent team in Oregon that played in the Class A Northwest League. He owned it between 1973 and 1977, the only independent team of its time — and Russell ran it by his own rules. Every year, Russell would hold an open tryout for players, a kind of grown-up "Bad News Bears." The team was composed of players — many over the age of 30 — who had...

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