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
When Roger Maris
is talking to Mrs. Maris on the phone, we see a modular phone jack (not in use until the '70s). See more
I just ain't getting there. I just can't play no more. I'm wore out, done. I'm out of the race. Thought I took pretty good care of myself too.
You did Mick. Damn straight you did.
Well anyway, he's all yours if you want him. You go get that fat fuck.
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Features The Andy Griffith Show
Theme from "The Andy Griffith Show"
Written by Earle Hagen
(as Earl Hagen) and Herbert W. Spencer
(as Herbert Spencer) See more