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?
The seats at Tiger Stadium were, at first individually covered with a green cloth material. However, once it was realized this was too time consuming (as well as expensive), it was decided to bring in a crew to spray paint the seats green (over spray on the cement can be seen in some movie footage). Upon completion of the movie, the seats were then steam cleaned to their original color. The cost to restore Tiger Stadium to its original appearance after the movie was made was $80,000. See more
During Game 1 of the season, announcer Mel Allen
says that the Yankees are down 4 runs when Mickey Mantle
's batting. After he strikes out, the scoreboard on the 2nd deck clearly shows no score. See more
McGwire 60th & 62nd Home Run Announcer
Down the left field line, is it enough? GONE! There it is! 62!
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
Features The Andy Griffith Show
Written and Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more