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?
Most images of the paths of the home run balls were CGI animation. Billy Crystal said he was having a hard time animating the proper arc and path of Maris's sixty first home run. During post production, Crystal attended Game 6 of the 2000 ALCS in which Yankees Outfielder David Justice hit a dramatic late inning Home Run at Yankee Stadium. Crystal credits seeing Justice's Home Run as helping give him the proper vision to depict Maris's historic Home Run. See more
hit #53 off of Hank Aguirre, not Frank Lary. He hit #52 off of Lary. See more
I was wondering if you would consider changing the lineup around?
What do you mean?
Switching Mantle and Maris.
You're kidding me. We're only a game up on the Tigers, the most important series of the year and you want to screw with it? What is this about, the home runs? You're reading the fan mail? You're letting the fans run the team?
The fans pay your salary, Ralph.
Well, you can change the lineup if you want, but not while I'm manager. And I'll tell you something else, the right guy is going...
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
References The Pride of the Yankees
Dedicated To The One I Love
Written by Ralph Bass
and Lowman Pauling
Performed by The Shirelles
(as The Shirells)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/Global Licensing Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more