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?
An archive clip of the real Roger Maris
hitting his 61st home run is shown during the opening credits of Bobby
(2006). See more
Many players refer to Mickey Mantle
as being 18 years old when he was a rookie. He was actually 19 years old in his rookie season, 1951. See more
[Recalling a date with a girl to Roger, Whitey, Yogi, and the rest at a nightclub
So where was I?... Oh yeah, We're gettin' undressed and we start foolin' around and she suddenly stops and says 'I thought you was a homo?' And I say 'What? Wht the hell you talkin' about?' And she says 'Well, I heard you was a switch hitter'!
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Features The Andy Griffith Show
Written and Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more