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?
In the scene before the Baltimore game where Roger Maris
ties the record, the reporter is complaining about Roger not showing up for an interview and then begins to rip Roger for his attitude. According to Billy Crystal
in the DVD Commentary, in real life the reason Roger stood up the reporter was because he was visiting a sick kid in the hospital. Crystal says he left that part out for two reasons: 1. Because the plot device of a ballplayer visiting a sick child was used too much in baseball movies (i.e.: The Pride of the Yankees
(1942), among others) 2. It interrupted the overall tone of this section of the film which Crystal wanted to show the world against Roger Maris. See more
During Game 1 of the season, announcer Mel Allen
says that the Yankees are down 4 runs when Mickey Mantle
's batting. After he strikes out, the scoreboard on the 2nd deck clearly shows no score. See more
You would have done it too.
Ah, bullshit. It was you Rodge. You did it, you son of a bitch. Nobody can ever take that away from you. No matter what bullshit they try to tell you. That record's yours.
[Roger and Mickey shake hands
You're a good man, Roger.
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
Referenced in The Punisher
Theme from "The Andy Griffith Show"
Written by Earle Hagen
(as Earl Hagen) and Herbert W. Spencer
(as Herbert Spencer) See more