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?
he lends his voice several times in the film: 1: The director yelling "Cut!" when Roger Maris
and Mickey Mantle
try to film a commercial. 2: The Detroit Tigers' 3rd base coach yelling, "Hold Up! Hold Up!" 3: The TV announcer for Roger and Mickey's commercial. Billy also appears as a fan in the stands in the scene where Mickey gets a standing ovation as he starts batting practice on Opening Day. He can be seen in the upper deck crowd in the front, wearing a navy blue shirt. See more
[before game 154, when Roger, breaking down from pressure, wants to sit out the game
I'm not a sentimental type guy, but... most of us, we bang around the game for a while, then we are forgotten. Ruth, Cobb, Gehrig, DiMaggio, those guys were bigger than the game, and I know that is not what you want. But right now, whether you like it or not, you're bigger than the game. And this is your chance to go out there and show them what you're made of, and that you owe to yourself. I'll tell you what, ...
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. 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