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?
Joe Grifasi, who played Yankee Broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, later played another iconic Yankee Yogi Berra in the 2007 ESPN mini series The Bronx Is Burning. Christopher McDonald, who played Mel Allen, also appeared as Joe DiMaggio in the same series. See more
A reference is made to President John F. Kennedy
interrupting a news conference to mention that Roger Maris
has hit #47 and #48. Kennedy did not hold a news conference that week in August, nor ever mention Maris during one. President Kennedy would never interrupt a press conference, let alone interrupt one to praise the accomplishments of Yankees' player. He was too big a fan of the Boston Red Sox for that. See more
[after Artie publishes a story incriminating Roger, and Roger hits a home run with the Yankee Stadium crowd booing him
Can you believe this? They're booing him in his own ballpark
Yeah, and I wonder why, Artie?
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
Written by Richard Adler
and Jerry Ross See more