Found January 27, 2014 on The Outside Corner:
PLAYERS: Kurt Russell
Other than boxing, no sport seems better suited to the movies than baseball. In recent years, that's given us gems like Moneyball, but also duds like Trouble with the Curve.  Does baseball lend itself to film because the game has so much space within the action that can be filled with amusing stories and cinematic moments? Perhaps baseball movies just tap into that feeling we all have about stepping on to a field to play catch or swing a bat. Or maybe it's just that baseball generates so many damn good stories.  One of them is about an independent minor league team in the 1970s called the Portland Mavericks. Owner Bing Russell wanted to run a club outside of Major League Baseball and found a home in Portland after the Class AAA Beavers moved to Spokane, Wash. Though the Mavericks were independent, they did play in the Class A Northwest League beginning in 1973. Among those who played for the team were Jim Bouton, attempting a comeback after retirement, and Kurt Russe...
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