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?
This movie was given a special premiere on 21 April 2001 at the Fargo Theater in Fargo, North Dakota, Roger Maris
hometown. See more
When Roger Maris
is talking with his wife from a payphone after the birth of their son, Randy J. Maris
, he's talking on a payphone that is a single-slot model. In 1961, the three slot version (25 cent, 10 cent 5 cent) was still in use. The single-slot phone was not introduced until 1965. 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...
After the first set of credits, a father tells his son "That's Mickey Mantle and that's a homerun". The film is then dedicated to director Billy Crystal's father who introduced him to baseball as a child. See more
Talk To Me Lonesome Heart
Written by James O'Gwynn
Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville
Under License From Universal Music Enterprises See more