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?
says his trademark "Oh Doctor!" during an audio cameo in this film credited as "Angels announcer". See more
During a scene set during the 1961 baseball season, stock footage shows a Broadway movie theater playing Mutiny on the Bounty
- not released until late 1962. See more
[after Artie publishes a story incriminating Roger, and Roger hits a home run with the Yankee Stadium crowd booing him
Can you believe this? They're booing him in his own ballpark
Yeah, and I wonder why, Artie?
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Written by Richard Adler
and Jerry Ross See more