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?
Joe Grifasi, who played Yankee Broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, later played another iconic Yankee Yogi Berra in the 2007 ESPN mini series The Bronx Is Burning. Christopher McDonald, who played Mel Allen, also appeared as Joe DiMaggio in the same series. 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
[about the sports press
That's just great. One guy's got me all washed up, the other's got me beatin' Ruth's record. You guys should get together an' make up your minds, tell me how I am so I know how to play.
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Featured in Tell Them Who You Are
I Love Mickey
Words & Music by Ruth Roberts
, Bill Katz
& Teresa Brewer
Performed by Teresa Brewer
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more