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
In the game in Baltimore, the movie shows Hoyt Wilhelm
coming into the 9th inning in mid-inning prior to Roger Maris
attempting to hit his 60th home run. In actuality, Wilhelm started and completed the entire 9th inning; Maris was the 3rd and final batter of the inning. See more
[whispers to Maris
That blonde back there has got the biggest tits I've ever seen in my life.
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
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Dedicated To The One I Love
Written by Ralph Bass
and Lowman Pauling
Performed by The Shirelles
(as The Shirells)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/Global Licensing Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more