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 fan who runs out and shakes Roger Maris
's hand and slaps him on the back as he approaches home plate after his record-breaking 61st home run is an actual life-long Maris fan who was present at the original game. He was hired as a consultant and always wished he could have been that guy back in the summer of 1961 when he saw the game as a 13-year-old kid. See more
The third deck at the stadium was added digitally in post-production. When Mickey Mantle
and Roger Maris
are doing batting practice near the beginning of the movie, in two shots you see the ball go into the stands, and fall through the third deck onto the second. See more
I like women with small hands, they make my dick look big.
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Theme from "The Andy Griffith Show"
Written by Earle Hagen
(as Earl Hagen) and Herbert W. Spencer
(as Herbert Spencer) See more