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Bing Russell

1926-05-05 Brattleboro - Vermont - USA

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Although best known as the deputy on Bonanza (1959) and Robert in The Magnificent Seven (1960), Russell's was also well known on a national level as the owner of the Portland Mavericks Baseball Club. Helming the only independent team in the class A Northwest League, Russell was an innovator. Before Bull Durham (1988), there were the Mavericks. Russell kept a 30 man roster because he believed that some of the players deserved to have one last season. His motto was simply one three lettered word - not WIN - although the Mavericks did just that - no, the word was FUN. He created a park that kept all corporate sponsorship outside the gates, hired the first female general manager in professional baseball, and the following year hired the first Asian American GM/Manager. That same season his team set a record for the highest attendance in Minor league history, and went on to win the pennant. Ex-major leaguers and never-weres who couldn't stop playing the game flocked to his June tryouts, which were always open to anyone that showed up. From as far away as Capetown, and France, players would head to Portland for a chance with Russell's Mavericks.


The Battered Bastards of Baseball Himself (Archive Footage) 2014-01-20
Dick Tracy Club Ritz Patron 1990-04-05
Tango & Cash Van Driver 1989-12-22
Overboard Elk Cove: Sheriff Earl 1987-12-16
Elvis Vernon Presley 1979-02-10
The Loneliest Runner Fred Dawkins 1976-12-20
The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe 1976-05-29
The Apple Dumpling Gang Herm Dally 1975-07-01
Death Sentence Trooper 1974-10-02
A Cry in the Wilderness Mr. Griffey 1974-03-26
The Sex Symbol Public Relations Man 1974-09-17
Runaway! Fireman 1973-09-29
Set This Town on Fire Chuck 1973-01-08
Satan's School for Girls Sheriff 1973-09-19
Now You See Him, Now You Don't Alfred 1972-07-12
A Taste of Evil Sheriff 1971-10-11
Yuma Rol King (as Neil Russell) 1971-03-02
The Million Dollar Duck Mr. Smith 1971-06-30
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Angelo 1969-12-29
Journey to Shiloh Greybeard 1968-05-10
Blackbeard's Ghost Second Track Meet Official 1968-02-08
Madame X Police Sgt. Riley 1966-01-01
The Hallelujah Trail Horner 1965-06-23
One Man's Way Tom Rayburn 1964-02-26
The Stripper Mr. Mulvaney 1963-06-19
A Gathering of Eagles 1963-06-21
Stakeout! Joe 1962-10-01
The Magnificent Seven Robert 1960-10-12
Rio Bravo Cowboy Murdered in Saloon (uncredited) 1959-03-17
Last Train from Gun Hill Skag, Belden Hand 1959-07-29
Good Day for a Hanging George Fletcher 1959-01-01
The Horse Soldiers Dunker, Yankee Soldier Amputee 1959-06-11
Cattle Empire Douglas Hamilton 1958-04-28
Suicide Battalion 1958-02-28
Ride a Violent Mile Corporal Norman 1957-11-24
The Deadly Mantis State Trooper 1957-05-01
Bombers B-52 Operator (uncredited) 1957-11-22
Teenage Thunder Used-Car Salesman 1957-01-01
Drango Lieutenant with Supply Wagon 1957-01-01
The Land Unknown Radio Operator (uncredited) 1957-10-15
Big Leaguer 1953-08-19