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January 28, 2014


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john will go off the deep end yet again when she sees this topic.... He'll start foaming at the mouth about the portland beavers....

He was actually a very good ballplayer, could have made it to majors but the acting kept him from reaching that goal.

Met Curt Russel several times after games at the Bull Pen Pub across the street from the stadium. Curt Daniels (a dear Oregon State friend who has since passed), played for the Mavs in 73-74 and was traded right before our eyes between the two games of a double header to the opposing team. He knew it was coming, but didn't tell any of his friends. First game in a Mavs uni, second in the new team uni!

no, not really zippy! you are wrong again! we had the mavericks here in portland for 5 years! althought they were a bit unorthodox, they had fun keeping the sport of baseball (americas pastime!) here in portland! but now all we have during spring and summer is a foreign sport!

The Mavericks were one of the BEST attractions and entertainment for a city which only had the Blazers as an alternative sport. The Mavericks were counter sport culture, founded by a True Believer in the sport, Bing Russel, who just happened to have a son who was a fairly good fielder. Bing was a bat boy for the NY Yankees in his teens and the Russel family have a bat that was used by Lou Gherig. When Bing passed, the family were trying to decide what to do with his estate.Lou Gherig handed it to Bing after he hit one of his last homers in the game
The coolest aspect to Kurt Russell was that the bat was handed directly from Gehrig to Bing. His dad's story never changed: "The bat boy, Timmy, picked it up while Lou was circling the bases and gave it to Lou when he touched the plate. Lou carried it back to the dugout and handed it to me."

Bing Russel gave this city a reason to go to the ball park and have fun watching a baseball game.

Dont forget Frank Peters, he's still around keeping Portland Weird

I will moderate my comments on the previous post to say that the BEVOs of the 50's and 60's were almost equally entertaining. there were some real characters back then.

hey say you can’t fight City Hall, but surely going mano-a-mano with Major League Baseball is none the wiser. Yet that’s exactly what a charismatic entrepreneur named Bing Russell did in the 1970s, when he started a fully independent single-A ball club in Portland, Ore., that started out as a laughingstock and ended up as a righteous bee in MLB’s bonnet. This stirring, little-remembered episode of baseball history has been lovingly brought to the screen by co-directors Chapman and Maclain Way in “The Battered Bastards of Baseball,” a fast-paced valentine to Russell and his quixotic vision so rife with underdog victors and hairpin twists of fortune that, if it weren’t all true, no one would believe it. Unsurprisingly, the docu’s remake rights were snapped up at Sundance by Justin Lin’s production company, with helmer Todd Field (real-life former batboy for Russell’s team) attached to direct.

Thats All

no zippy your wrong as usual! the portland mavericks although a bit unorthodox, kept americas pastime (baseball) in the city of portland! but now we have a foreign pastime!

John, not sure why you double posted, But I will say the Portland Mavericks were fun to watch, Maybe the Portland Beavers were too serious about baseball?

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