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?
According to Billy Crystal
in the DVD Commentary, the scene of Mickey Mantle
and Roger Maris
doing the hot dog commercial was supposed to end with Roger's line "Hey, Mickey, shouldn't we be on the field?" But kept the cameras rolling and all of the "goofs" of Mickey and Roger laughing in the shooting were really the reactions of Thomas Jane
and Barry Pepper
which Billy decided to leave in the scene. See more
Detroit Tiger Pitcher Frank Lary was right handed, not left handed as depicted in the movie. See more
[Roger's wife and daughter come to opening day to see him receive his MVP award from last season
Kids up to see the pop get his big award?
Yeah just Pat and Suzan. The other ones are too little, they're back in Missouri
They came up for opening day and then back tomorrow. Is Merlyn here?
Nah, she's back in Dallas with the boys. She don't like it too much up here.
Who doesn't like it up here?
[Jokingly hitting Artie in the groin with his bat
Your wife, Artie. She likes it down there, you...
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. 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