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?
he lends his voice several times in the film: 1: The director yelling "Cut!" when Roger Maris
and Mickey Mantle
try to film a commercial. 2: The Detroit Tigers' 3rd base coach yelling, "Hold Up! Hold Up!" 3: The TV announcer for Roger and Mickey's commercial. Billy also appears as a fan in the stands in the scene where Mickey gets a standing ovation as he starts batting practice on Opening Day. He can be seen in the upper deck crowd in the front, wearing a navy blue shirt. See more
In the game in Baltimore, the movie shows Hoyt Wilhelm
coming into the 9th inning in mid-inning prior to Roger Maris
attempting to hit his 60th home run. In actuality, Wilhelm started and completed the entire 9th inning; Maris was the 3rd and final batter of the inning. See more
[after Maris hit his 61st home run
Do you think you earned their respect out there today?
Milt, I don't think that's something you earn on a ballfield.
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Referenced in The Punisher
Talk To Me Lonesome Heart
Written by James O'Gwynn
Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville
Under License From Universal Music Enterprises See more