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?
As a close friend of Mickey Mantle
and his family, Billy Crystal
was given permission by Mantle's family to honestly portray Mickey's drinking and carousing. Many of the moments in the movie of Mickey getting drunk really happened. This includes Mickey getting drunk and calling home at 2am from his hotel room as in the scene following the death threats to Roger Maris
and his family. See more
was not a member of the Yankees in the beginning of the 1961 season, he was a member of the Los Angeles Angels. See more
[Roger's wife and daughter come to opening day to see him receive his MVP award from last season
Kids up to see the pop get his big award?
Yeah just Pat and Suzan. The other ones are too little, they're back in Missouri
They came up for opening day and then back tomorrow. Is Merlyn here?
Nah, she's back in Dallas with the boys. She don't like it too much up here.
Who doesn't like it up here?
[Jokingly hitting Artie in the groin with his bat
Your wife, Artie. She likes it down there, you...
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
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The Kid From Red Bank
Written by Neal Hefti
Performed by Count Basie
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