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Thursday, March 06, 2014

THT: Jackson: The hustling Russells

If not for a bad rotator cuff, Kurt Russell might never have given us the film classic, Used Cars.

That 30-man roster allowed for a bit of nepotism. So Russell, in 1973, saved a roster spot for his son. Having been a movie and TV actor since the late 1950s, Kurt Russell was no stranger to many Mavericks fans. In fact, he was no stranger to the Northwest League. After he signed with the Angels in 1971, they assigned him to their Northwest League team in Bend, Ore. As a switch-hitting second baseman, he hit .285 for the Bend Rainbows. The next year he hit .325 for the Walla Walla Islanders in the same league (the landlocked franchise was so-called because it was affiliated with the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League). One of his teammates that year was Tom Trebelhorn, who made it to the majors as a manager but not as a player.

In 1973 Russell got off to a flying start (.563 average based on 9 for 16) for the Double-A El Paso Sun Kings before a collision at second base resulted in a rotator cuff injury that derailed his season and eventually his career – like father, like son. When he returned to action that season, he hit a mere .229 at Portland. And that was the end of Kurt Russell’s baseball career, save for a brief (one at-bat) encore for the Mavericks in 1977.


Bruce Markusen Posted: March 06, 2014 at 10:06 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. valuearbitrageur Posted: March 06, 2014 at 11:24 PM (#4667545)
film classic, Used Cars

Robert Zemeckis's best film. Roger Rabbitt, Forest Gump, and Back To The Future haven't aged as well.
   2. GregD Posted: March 06, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4667547)
Russell got off to a flying start (.563 average based on 9 for 16) for the Double-A El Paso Sun Kings
Wait a minute! True Detective mystery is solved!
   3. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: March 06, 2014 at 11:35 PM (#4667550)
Back To The Future haven't aged as well.

I'll give you the other two, but this is absolutely the opposite of the truth.

EDIT: Nope, I won't give you Roger Rabbit, either.

Forrest Gump is terrible, though.
   4. Dale Sams Posted: March 07, 2014 at 12:39 AM (#4667570)
"We're blowing the #### out of high prices!"
   5. AndrewJ Posted: March 07, 2014 at 06:53 AM (#4667612)
there were more guest spots on TV shows as well as a 10-year contract with Walt Disney, where he played in such family fare as Follow Me, Boys!; The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

The latter movie had Goldie Hawn as a dancer, years before she hooked up with Kurt.
   6. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: March 07, 2014 at 08:28 AM (#4667624)
Forrest Gump is terrible, though.

I've been re-watching all of the Best Picture winners, as I usually do at Oscar time. Gump holds up pretty well, actually, but I always get the same vibe from it: "This movie is not for anyone born after 1960 or so."
   7. JE (Jason) Posted: March 07, 2014 at 09:24 AM (#4667635)
Back To The Future haven't aged as well.

So does that mean you won't be picking the Cubbies to win it all next season?
   8. Traderdave Posted: March 07, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4667731)
Used Cars is by no means a great film, but it is a very, very FUN film. And available on youtube in its entirety:
   9. AROM Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4667971)
So does that mean you won't be picking the Cubbies to win it all next season?

Well, even if they do they won't win it by sweeping Miami. Bud was supposed to move them to the AL, not the Astros.
   10. Alex meets the threshold for granular review Posted: March 07, 2014 at 04:48 PM (#4667992)
EDIT: Nope, I won't give you Roger Rabbit, either.

Yeah, wha? I only finally saw that one within the past year and was stunned how good it was and how seamless the animation and live action are. That's a ####### great movie.

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