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Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

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Aiming for one of the most famed records in sports history, a pair of very different baseball players hit home runs at an impressive rate. Roger Maris, a reserved sort, is much less popular than his hard-partying New York Yankee teammate Mickey Mantle, the player who many observers think will be the one to challenge Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in one season. But in the summer of 1961, Maris surges ahead of Mantle, making a run at Ruth's mark. Written by Jwelch5742

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Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Why did America have room in its heart for only one hero?


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According to Billy Crystal in the DVD Commentary, in the scene where Mickey Mantle throws a tantrum in the dugout and repeatedly punches the water fountain, Thomas Jane punched the fountain so hard that he broke a knuckle. See more »

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Many players refer to Mickey Mantle as being 18 years old when he was a rookie. He was actually 19 years old in his rookie season, 1951. See more »

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Roger: Mick, did you ever stop and think, if you took better care of yourself, you wouldn't be getting hurt all the time. Did you see what you did out there today with only one arm, and tonight you're out screwing around! How can you do that? You're Mickey Mantle for Christ's Sake!
Mickey: What's that supposed to mean huh? What the fuck's that supposed to mean?
Roger: I don't know Mick, maybe you're the one who doesn't want it.
Mickey: You think you know something about me? You don't know shit about me.
Roger: Yeah? Fine.
Mickey: My dad ...
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The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more »

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Written by Earle Hagen (as Earl Hagen) and Herbert W. Spencer (as Herbert Spencer)
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Tribute to American legend Roger Maris
1 March 2005 | by (Glasgow) – See all my reviews

As a Scotsman raised on football and rugby American sports have often left me cold and were a subject of derision in my household as a child. This film ,brilliantly directed by Billy Crystal, changed all that for me. I bought this film through a region 1 DVD supplier as it is unavailable in the UK and was moved to tears by its moving and heartfelt depiction of the late great Roger Maris who in one season became the most misunderstood and hated figure in baseball history. His crime- he dared to challenge a thirty four year old record set by Babe Ruth for the most home runs scored in a single season and even worse he was in competition with teammate Mickey Mantle for the record. Mantle at the time was the darling of NY Yankee fans and was probably the greatest player of his day, Maris was a small town boy who played the game only as a means to an end, to provide for his family, and cared little for public opinion or the press. The venom to which he is subjected to by the press and fans, brought on by immoral reporters, will make any sports fan angry. This film was a work of joy for director Billy Crystal and his love for the project shows in every shot and especially in the directors commentary. Barry Pepper is an uncanny Roger Maris and his amazing performance pulls us into the suffering the player must have felt. Thomas Jane is a brilliant Mickey Mantle playing the role of American legend with biblical sincerity. The whole project feels classy at all times, despite being made for T.V, and is a monument to both players and the era in which they lived. The film is rounded of by an appearance during the credits by Mickey Mantle's son and grandson, pure class and a tribute to the boyhood idol of Billy Crystal All in all well done to Billy Crystal and cast. Thank you for a wonderful 2hrs and 9mins. I am only sad it wasn't longer. But it has introduced me to the sport of baseball and has compelled me to learn more of both Maris and Mantle. So it has placed me on a journey of discovery. What higher compliment can I pay?


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