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?
An archive clip of the real Roger Maris
hitting his 61st home run is shown during the opening credits of Bobby
(2006). See more
was not a member of the Yankees in the beginning of the 1961 season, he was a member of the Los Angeles Angels. See more
[after Maris hits #59, he sits down next to Mickey
What happened? I was on the john.
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Put On A Happy Face
Written by Charles Strouse
and Lee Adams See more