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?
Most images of the paths of the home run balls were CGI animation. Billy Crystal said he was having a hard time animating the proper arc and path of Maris's sixty first home run. During post production, Crystal attended Game 6 of the 2000 ALCS in which Yankees Outfielder David Justice hit a dramatic late inning Home Run at Yankee Stadium. Crystal credits seeing Justice's Home Run as helping give him the proper vision to depict Maris's historic Home Run. See more
During the song about Mickey Mantle, a newspaper headline is shown reading, "Mickey hot, Yanks not. Fall to Tribe 3-2". However the Yankees never lose to the Indians by that score in 1961. See more
[Talking at the bar with Roger
You know, when I first came up, Casey and everybody gave me so much pressure, saying I was going to be the next Joe DiMaggio, so they gave me the number 6, right? Ruth was 3, Gehrig was 4, DiMaggio was 5, and me, number 6. I hated that. And the press, they was all over me, calling me a hillbilly. I was, I mean, I came in with a $4 suitcase and a $8 dollar suit. My hometown's got 2,000 people, Yankee Stadium's got 40 times that. 19 years old and everyone's ...
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Featured in Tell Them Who You Are
I Like It Like That
Written by Allen Toussaint
(as Allen Troussaint) & Chris Kenner
Performed by Chris Kenner
Courtesy of Charly Licensing APS See more