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?
says his trademark "Oh Doctor!" during an audio cameo in this film credited as "Angels announcer". See more
During Game 1 of the season, announcer Mel Allen
says that the Yankees are down 4 runs when Mickey Mantle
's batting. After he strikes out, the scoreboard on the 2nd deck clearly shows no score. See more
She looks me dead in the eye, and says, "I thought you was a homo." I said "What the hell are you talkin' about" she goes "well I heard you was a switch hitter."
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Features The Ed Sullivan Show
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