Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Why did America have room in its heart for only one hero?


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Billy Crystal:  he lends his voice several times in the film: 1: The director yelling "Cut!" when Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle try to film a commercial. 2: The Detroit Tigers' 3rd base coach yelling, "Hold Up! Hold Up!" 3: The TV announcer for Roger and Mickey's commercial. Billy also appears as a fan in the stands in the scene where Mickey gets a standing ovation as he starts batting practice on Opening Day. He can be seen in the upper deck crowd in the front, wearing a navy blue shirt. See more »

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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 »

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Milt Kahn: [after Maris hit his 61st home run] Do you think you earned their respect out there today?
Roger Maris: Milt, I don't think that's something you earn on a ballfield.
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The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more »

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Talk To Me Lonesome Heart
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Performed by George Jones
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Incredible baseball movie
2 June 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I could spend hours trying to come up with the perfect words to describe "61*" Simply put, its one of the best baseball movies I have ever seen. Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane ARE Maris and Mantle. Billy Crystal did an exceptional job directing this picture. The acting is excellent. A great part of the movie is seeing all the old ballparks that have been refaced and digitally made to look like the parks did in 1961. Turning Tiger Stadium into Yankee Stadium is quite a feat! I would recommend this movie to the die-hards, the casuals, and those who don't know anything about baseball. Billy Crystal -- Thank you for another great movie!


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