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?
Yankee Stadium scenes were shot at a re-dressed Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan in August of 2000. Infield seats at the stadium were painted green, and a partial third deck and 1961 Bronx skyline were added digitally in post-production. See more
When Mickey Mantle
and Roger Maris
are playing catch, a reporter tells Maris that Babe Ruth
hit .343 the year he hit 60 home runs in 1927. Ruth actually hit .356 that year, and never hit .343 during any of his 22 seasons. See more
Ninety percent of the game is half mental.
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Features The Ed Sullivan Show
Theme from "The Andy Griffith Show"
Written by Earle Hagen
(as Earl Hagen) and Herbert W. Spencer
(as Herbert Spencer) See more