Summer, 1961: Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle are on pace to break the most hallowed record in U.S. sports, Babe Ruth's single-season 60 home runs. It's a big story, and the intense, plain-spoken Maris is the bad guy: sports writers bait him and minimize his talent, fans cheer Mantle, the league's golden boy, and baseball's commissioner announces that Ruth's record stands unless it's broken within 154 games. Any record set after 154 games of the new 162-game schedule will have an asterisk. The film follows the boys of summer, on and off the field: their friendship, the stresses on Maris, his frustration with the negative attention, and his desire to play well, win, and go home. Written by
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Why did America have room in its heart for only one hero?
Did You Know?
says his trademark "Oh Doctor!" during an audio cameo in this film credited as "Angels announcer". See more
One of the home runs against the White Sox shows the White Sox right fielder wearing #1, but #1 was worn by center fielder Jim Landis. See more
[Roger's wife and daughter come to opening day to see him receive his MVP award from last season
Kids up to see the pop get his big award?
Yeah just Pat and Suzan. The other ones are too little, they're back in Missouri
They came up for opening day and then back tomorrow. Is Merlyn here?
Nah, she's back in Dallas with the boys. She don't like it too much up here.
Who doesn't like it up here?
[Jokingly hitting Artie in the groin with his bat
Your wife, Artie. She likes it down there, you...
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Hello, Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
Written by Gene Pitney
and Cayet Mangiaracina
Performed by Ricky Nelson
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License From EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets See more