The Portland Mavericks were a minor league baseball team that played in the 1970s. Their story is told in a new documentary on Netflix. It's called "The Battered Bastards Of Baseball." This team was irreverent, unorthodox. The roster included a bunch of hopefuls and has-beens.
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The Mavericks were founded by a baseball outsider, the actor Bing Russell probably best known for his role as Deputy Clem on "Bonanza." But he was also a serious student of baseball.
As a basketball coach, Red Klotz had one job â€” to lose. And he did it well. As a player, coach and general manager of a team usually known as the Washington Generals, he lost countless times to the Harlem Globetrotters. Klotz died Saturday at age 93, and John Ferrari, his colleague and son-in-law, has this remembrance.
When America entered the Great War in 1917 â€” a war that began 100 years ago this summer â€” Major League Baseball faced a special problem: It had a hefty German heritage. Its best-known team, the New York Giants under John McGraw, was even sometimes called "McGraw's Prussians" for its tough, fighting spirit. Obviously, just as sauerkraut became "liberty cabbage," that had to go, too.
Baseball's All-Star Game is tonight at Target Field in Minneapolis - home of the Twins. The American League will face the National League and the winner claims home-field advantage for the World Series. Tonight is also part of a farewell tour for a certain Yankee.
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UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: Now batting for the Yankees, number two, Derek Jeter - number two.
This story is part of All Things Considered's "Men in America" series.
It's rare that a man makes it through life without being told, at least once, "Be a man." To Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor, those are the three scariest words that a boy can hear.
Nearly every team left the World Cup on a sour note, having returned with less than the championship they'd played for. The one exception? The Cup-winning Germans, whose victory has reverberated throughout the country. For a look at the symbolic impact of the German triumph, Robert Siegel turns to Angela Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
We're halfway through the last baseball season for New York Yankee Derek Jeter, and that's reason enough for Nike's Jordan Brand to craft a stirring tribute that shows his fellow sports stars, fans and rivals giving a nod to the shortstop.