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?
In the scene before the Baltimore game where Roger Maris
ties the record, the reporter is complaining about Roger not showing up for an interview and then begins to rip Roger for his attitude. According to Billy Crystal
in the DVD Commentary, in real life the reason Roger stood up the reporter was because he was visiting a sick kid in the hospital. Crystal says he left that part out for two reasons: 1. Because the plot device of a ballplayer visiting a sick child was used too much in baseball movies (i.e.: The Pride of the Yankees
(1942), among others) 2. It interrupted the overall tone of this section of the film which Crystal wanted to show the world against Roger Maris. See more
One of the home runs against the White Sox shows the White Sox right fielder wearing #1, but #1 was worn by center fielder Jim Landis. See more
I like women with small hands, they make my dick look big.
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
I Count The Tears
Written by Doc Pomus
and Mort Shuman
Performed by The Drifters
Produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp.
Produced by Jerry Leiber
and Mike Stoller
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more