They’re called the Brooklyn Bridegrooms, but they’re better known as the BUSH LEAGUERS:
A team of misfit, rabble-rousing baseball players, living and playing in the tumultuous, anything goes world of turn-of-the century New York City.
They are as famous for their antics off of the field as they are for their performance on the field. To many, they are heroes. To some, they are a scourge. To each other, they are family. And like most families, this one comes complete with its fair share of petty rivalries, black sheep, skeletons in closets, and a unifier who tries to hold everyone together.
THE FIGHTER - She gave up everything to play on the team, including her own identity, and she’s not about to let it all fall apart, so she does what she has to do to hold the team together.
THE ROOKIE - The team and its fans are the only family he has, and baseball is the only thing he’s good at. His naiveté makes him a ripe target for the less scrupulous of his associates who try to rope him into schemes, and harness his popularity with the public for their own devices.
THE OPPORTUNIST - He’s never seen a game that he can’t fix, or a mark that he can’t swindle. His schemes often gets him and his teammates into trouble, but his wiliness occasionally helps extract the team from the odd predicament as well.
THE GLUTTON - He appreciates the finer things in life. But if the finer things aren’t available a frankfurter dropped underneath the bleachers will do just fine. He fills his hole to fill a hole in himself. His appetite often leads him astray, but he’s always there for his team when the going gets tough.
OL’ MULESIDES PORTER
THE VETERAN - He lost his leg in the Civil War, but he didn’t lose his fighting spirit - until he met the incorrigible Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Now he passes the time polishing his musket, reminiscing about days gone by. Every once in a while his battle cry and soldier’s heart still help really the team to Victory.
BAXTER VAN DER KLAM
THE NARCISSIST - Given a position on the team by his father, the team’s owner, with the hope that it would put a stop to his vainglorious boondoggles, Baxter constantly seeks attention and praise. Jealous of Rube’s popularity, he often tries to sabotage him, or overshadow him with stunts that invariably go horribly awry.
CORNELIUS VAN DER KLAM
THE MONEY MAN - After the disgraced baseball team was foisted on him during a drunken poker match, he decided to burn the stadium down and run off with the insurance money - until Skip & Rube revived the team, and Van Der Klam discovered how politically beneficial it could be to have a popular sports institution in his pocket.
THE RIGHT HAND MAN - Hired as a bodyguard and fixer, he takes care of all of his elderly industrialist boss’ dirty work, whether it’s breaking a strike at one of Van Der Klam’s factories, or changing his soiled adult nappies.
POLICE COMMISSIONER THEODORE ROOSEVELT
He staked the revival of his political career on a pledge to rid the city of corruption and vice, but he has one problem: a team of bush league base-ballers keep stealing his headlines! He sees the team and its antics as an embarrasing, public symbol of his failure, and will stop at nothing to take them down.
An epic landscape, simultaneously familiar and fantastical. Populated by a huge, diverse array of characters for our team to get mixed up with.
They’ll find friends and enemies in everyone from hardworking laborers to misanthropic robber barons; crusading reporters, tabloid mudslingers, luminous entrepreneurs, corrupt cops, prohibitionists, suffragettes, snake oil salesmen, intellectuals, gangsters, priests, political bosses, showmen, demagogues, and enterprising immigrants in search of the American Dream.
All living a tumultuous time.
A time when the disparity in between the haves and the have nots has never been greater.
When waves of immigration and drastic technological change are upending the social, political, and cultural status quo.
Where imperious corporations, corrupt politicians, and sensationalistic media manipulate the people toward their own selfish agendas.
It’s a world of dreamers and strivers; the privileged and the downtrodden; the corrupt and the incorruptible; parasites, predators, and prey and protectors.
All engrossed in a battle against the odds, and each other, to get by and get ahead.
All in need of something to unite and inspire them…
In the pilot episode, SKIP needs to figure out a way to rejuvenate the team’s fortunes, before VAN DER KLAM, the team owner, burns the stadium down for the insurance money.
Does she succeed?
Well, we want to make more episodes, so probably. But she runs into a number of complications along the way. What are they, and will they come back to haunt her and the team later?
From there, assuming the team survives the events of the pilot, we follow the team’s rise in popularity, and all of the trials and tribulations that come along to the players with their newfound fame.
ALL THE GROOMS’ MEN
Van Der Klam tries to capitalize on Rube’s popularity by running him as a puppet candidate for mayor. But things go awry for Van Der Klam when Rube goes rogue.
Baxter gets more than he bargains for when he starts his own doomsday cult.
THE ROAD TO HELLVILLE
The team has to escape the clutches of the maniacal head of a popular sanitarium update.
MEN ABOUT TOWN
The team tries to mend Rube’s broken heart after blues from a breakup affect his performance on the field.
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC FASTBALLS
When the team demands a raise, Van Der Klam purchases an experimental automation to replace them, which quickly malfunctions and turns on him.