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?
Most of the details of the games recreated for the film were based on Billy Crystal
's first hand memories of having seen or watched the actual games. As a result, the film's crew members nicknamed him "Rain Man" for his uncanny ability to remember the games to the smallest detail. 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
Listen Mick, Cerv and I got this place. It's real nice and quiet. It's in a nice place, neighborhood. Heck, sometimes we cook for ourselves and other times we're sending out.
What the hell are you talking about?
Yeah, well I was just thinking, maybe you'd like to come and live with us.
Let me get this straight. I got a big fucking suite at the St. Maritz Hotel, and you want me to move to Queens?
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
Featured in Tell Them Who You Are
Walk Don't Run
Written by John Smith
Performed by The Ventures
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license From EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets See more