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?
In the "I Love Mickey" song played in the movie, the first "Mickey Who?" is said by the actual Mickey Mantle
. The rest are said by Thomas Jane
. See more
In the bar scene, when the other Yankee players were talking to Roger Maris
about Mickey Mantle
's relationship with Joe DiMaggio
, Moose Skowron
mentions that Joe didn't talk to him at all his rookie year, until the World Series. Skowron did not join the Yankees until 1954, DiMaggio retired after the 1951 season, therefore, the two were never teammates. Plus, the Yankees did not even make the World Series in 1954. Even though the team won 103 games (the most for a Casey Stengel
-managed team), they finished a distant second to the Cleveland Indians who won a then-American League record 111 games. See more
[after Maris hits #59, he sits down next to Mickey
What happened? I was on the john.
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium 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