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?
The seats at Tiger Stadium were, at first individually covered with a green cloth material. However, once it was realized this was too time consuming (as well as expensive), it was decided to bring in a crew to spray paint the seats green (over spray on the cement can be seen in some movie footage). Upon completion of the movie, the seats were then steam cleaned to their original color. The cost to restore Tiger Stadium to its original appearance after the movie was made was $80,000. See more
The broadcast of the opening day game describes the Twins pitcher as "Pascual" - a reference to longtime pitcher Camilo Pascual
. He did not pitch that day - Pedro Ramos pitched a complete game for the Twins. See more
I did not say the Babe had it easier. Can you believe this shit?
You gotta be careful.
You'd think I was trying to replace Jesus Christ or something.
Then don't read the Daily News.
After the first set of credits, a father tells his son "That's Mickey Mantle and that's a homerun". The film is then dedicated to director Billy Crystal's father who introduced him to baseball as a child. See more
Hello, Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
Written by Gene Pitney
and Cayet Mangiaracina
Performed by Ricky Nelson
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License From EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets See more