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
After the commissioner's decision to make separate records for the 162-game season, Roger Maris
is answering questions while playing catch. When he stops to talk to the reporter (clearly breaking from playing catch), he had just thrown the ball to his partner. When he's done talking, he immediately throws the ball again to his partner, though he never received it during his break. See more
[about Roger Maris
MVP - Most Vacant Personality.
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Written and Performed by Bobby Darin
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