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?
Over the years, Billy Crystal
became close friends with Mickey Mantle
and learned many anecdotes from Mantle's career which were later referenced in the film. See more
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
Roger, are we feuding?
They said so on the TV, it must be true.
Well, fuck you then.
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
Put On A Happy Face
Written by Charles Strouse
and Lee Adams See more