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?
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During Roger Maris
and his wife's phone conversation, Roger picks up some Camel cigarettes in a pack that wasn't designed until the late-90's. See more
Hey, Slick, how come every time you get drunk it costs me money?
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Features The Andy Griffith Show
Written and Performed by Bobby Darin
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