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
There is a scene where Roger Maris signs an 'X' on a baseball for a fan. Although this did actually happen, it wasn't until 1962. See more
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!
What's that supposed to mean huh? What the fuck's that supposed to mean?
I don't know Mick, maybe you're the one who doesn't want it.
You think you know something about me? You don't know shit about me.
My dad ...
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
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Walk Don't Run
Written by John Smith
Performed by The Ventures
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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