A little more information about the Mavericks and the PSSBL.
The Puget Sound Senior Baseball League (PSSBL) is a non-profit adult baseball organization which was started in 1989 for adults (ages 19-70+) who wanted to “revisit their youth” and play hardball. They started in 1989 with only 4 teams. By 1999 they had grown to 29 teams, and in the years since then, they have grown to 67 teams. The PSSBL is one of the largest baseball leagues in the world and easily the largest in the Pacific Northwest.
PSSBL league rules can be found HERE.
The Adirondack Division:
The Adirondack division is for players who wish a more relaxed environment, while still being competitive. This division features designated playing time for all and a friendly atmosphere for the more casual player.
Games and Schedule:
Where are the games played?
As the premier adult league in the area, we are privileged to play on the best fields available in the greater Puget Sound area. These fields are located in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties. They include Everett Memorial Stadium, Husky Ballpark, Bellevue College, Meridian Park, Lower Woodland Park, Kent Memorial Park, Peter Kirk Park, Bannerwood Sports Park, and many others.
When are the games?
The regular season will begin in May. Generally, teams will average two (2) games per week over the regular season (18 regular season games for the Adirondack teams plus 3-4 playoff games) with fewer games in May and June and more games in July and August. Weekday games on unlit fields usually begin at 6:00 pm and at 7:00 pm or 7:30 pm at lighted fields. Most games will last a full nine innings; a few will end earlier due to darkness or field-specific time limits.
Mavericks practices will start in March as weather permits. We will hold practices in multiple locations if we need to depending on where team members live.
Dues – $449.70 (about $21/game)
Uniform – $80-$120
Why the is the team called the Mavericks?
The team is named after the Portland Mavericks who were an independent professional baseball team in the northwestern United States, based in Portland, Oregon. They began play in the short-season Class A Northwest League in 1973, after the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League left after the 1972 season and became the Spokane Indians. The Mavericks operated as an independent club in Portland for five seasons, until the return of the PCL in 1978, and played home games on artificial turf at Civic Stadium in Portland.
The Mavericks were owned by ex-minor league player and television actor Bing Russell (Deputy Clem Foster on Bonanza), and were initially the league’s only independent club. As owner, Russell kept all corporate sponsorship outside the gates, and hired professional baseball’s first female general manager, as well as the first Asian American general manager. Russell’s motto in life was one three-lettered word: “fun”.
Ex-major leaguers and never-weres who could not stop playing the game flocked to the team’s June try-outs, which were always open to anyone who showed up. Most of the Mavericks players were older than their opponents and had been released by other organizations, not all for baseball reasons alone. For this reason, Russell kept a 30-man roster because he believed some players deserved to have one last season.
Among the various castoffs who made up the Mavericks’ roster was former major league pitcher Jim Bouton, who made a comeback with the Mavericks in 1975 after having been out of baseball since retiring in 1970.
Bing Russell’s son, actor Kurt Russell, played for the club for a month in its inaugural season in 1973. The first-year Mavericks’ Hollywood connection was not limited to the Russells; manager Hank Robinson (1923–2012) was a character actor, and players Robbie Robinson, Jason Tatar, and Ken Medlock all had long careers as actors. Perhaps the team’s most successful Hollywood story is that of Maverick batboy Todd Field, who went on to have a long career as an actor before becoming a three-time Academy Award-nominated writer and director.
A documentary on the team, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and can be found on Netflix.