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?
The fan who runs out and shakes Roger Maris
's hand and slaps him on the back as he approaches home plate after his record-breaking 61st home run is an actual life-long Maris fan who was present at the original game. He was hired as a consultant and always wished he could have been that guy back in the summer of 1961 when he saw the game as a 13-year-old kid. See more
hit #53 off of Hank Aguirre, not Frank Lary. He hit #52 off of Lary. 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.
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