June 19, 2021

Seen ‘Major League’ three times this week? Offbeat baseball movies, shows and documentaries you can stream right now (ESPN)


Kudos, Ken Burns. Earlier this month, with the coronavirus pandemic canceling sports and shutting many inside their homes, the famed documentarian made his “Baseball” series free to stream via PBS.

So, with Opening Day not expected to arrive anytime soon, we wondered — what else is out there to stream?

We weren’t looking to create a list of the classics — if you’re wondering, “Major League II” is available on Netflix, though you’ll have to rent the original if you want to stream that future-predicting film legally. (If you want a quick way to find something else mainstream, you can try searching here.)

Instead, we asked our writers to recommend something for baseball fans to watch that might not be the most obvious choice, from movies to documentaries to … YouTube channels.

Here’s what they came up with.


“The Battered Bastards of Baseball” (documentary film)

What it’s about: Actor Bing Russell — Kurt’s father — created a ragtag independent baseball team called the Portland Mavericks in the 1970s. Hilarity ensues in this 2014…

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