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
The broadcast of the opening day game describes the Twins pitcher as "Pascual" - a reference to longtime pitcher Camilo Pascual
. He did not pitch that day - Pedro Ramos pitched a complete game for the Twins. See more
If I don't wanna talk about things, and I don't know what they wanna hear, and I just wanna play ball. Does that make me the bad guy?
There is no bad guy, Rodge.
Well I got about a 1000 more of these that says your wrong. I just don't understand why it's so important to them.
Maybe you oughta forget about your mail for awhile. Put this shit away.
No, I gotta write back to the kids. Believe it or not, there's some real nice one's in there from the kids.
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Talk To Me Lonesome Heart
Written by James O'Gwynn
Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville
Under License From Universal Music Enterprises See more