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
and Mickey Mantle
hit his respective 45th homer on the same day: Mantle in the 1st game of a double-header, Maris in the 2nd. In the movie, Maris hits his 45th and Mantle his 44th. See more
The separate single-season home run records remained until Nineteen Ninety-One, when Fay Vincent, the commissioner of baseball, ordered that there be only one record. Roger Maris died six years earlier, never knowing that the record belonged to him.
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
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