Last weekend I was fortunate to be able to watch a movie that left an impression I will carry with me each time I watch our Yankees.The film “The Battered Bastards of Baseball” is a documentary of a minor league (Class A) team that existed for 5 seasons (1973 through 1977) in Portland, Oregon. Known as the “Mavericks”, the club was owned by Bing Russell, an actor who starred as Deputy Clem Foster in Bonanza and had played Robert in The Magnificent Seven. He is perhaps better known as the father of actor Kurt Russell.While a boy, Bing Russell became the unofficial mascot of the New York Yankees. As such, he lived out many a child’s dream by counting Lefty Gomez, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig among his friends. So endeared to the team was Bing that an already ailing Gehrig gave him the bat...

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