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?
Because there was no accurate documentation of it, no one knew what the precise color of the Yankee Stadium seats were in 1961. When faced with this dilemma, Production Designer Rusty Smith
was told that Billy Crystal
had an old bleacher seat from Yankee Stadium. Though the seat was completely painted blue, Smith found one small chip of green on the seat that proved to be the true Yankee Stadium green. See more
When Roger Maris
is talking with his wife from a payphone after the birth of their son, Randy J. Maris
, he's talking on a payphone that is a single-slot model. In 1961, the three slot version (25 cent, 10 cent 5 cent) was still in use. The single-slot phone was not introduced until 1965. See more
[Mickey Mantle just switched from right hand to left hand during batting practice
Oh, look at this. Mr. Ambidextrial.
Ambidextrial, you know... this side, that side.
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Features The Andy Griffith Show
I Count The Tears
Written by Doc Pomus
and Mort Shuman
Performed by The Drifters
Produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp.
Produced by Jerry Leiber
and Mike Stoller
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more