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?
According to Billy Crystal
in the DVD Commentary, in the scene where Mickey Mantle
throws a tantrum in the dugout and repeatedly punches the water fountain, Thomas Jane
punched the fountain so hard that he broke a knuckle. See more
During a scene set during the 1961 baseball season, stock footage shows a Broadway movie theater playing Mutiny on the Bounty
- not released until late 1962. See more
[after a home run
Yeah, but it didn't curve.
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
I Like It Like That
Written by Allen Toussaint
(as Allen Troussaint) & Chris Kenner
Performed by Chris Kenner
Courtesy of Charly Licensing APS See more