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?
Despite the way Mrs. Ruth is portrayed in the film, she actually visited Roger Maris
after his 60th home run. Maris whispered in her ear, "Don't feel badly, no one will replace The Babe." See more
The broadcast of the opening day game describes the Twins pitcher as "Pascual" - a reference to longtime pitcher Camilo Pascual
. He did not pitch that day - Pedro Ramos pitched a complete game for the Twins. See more
I just ain't getting there. I just can't play no more. I'm wore out, done. I'm out of the race. Thought I took pretty good care of myself too.
You did Mick. Damn straight you did.
Well anyway, he's all yours if you want him. You go get that fat fuck.
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
References The Pride of the Yankees
Dedicated To The One I Love
Written by Ralph Bass
and Lowman Pauling
Performed by The Shirelles
(as The Shirells)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/Global Licensing Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more