Aiming for one of the most famed records in sports history, a pair of very different baseball players hit home runs at an impressive rate. Roger Maris, a reserved sort, is much less popular than his hard-partying New York Yankee teammate Mickey Mantle, the player who many observers think will be the one to challenge Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in one season. But in the summer of 1961, Maris surges ahead of Mantle, making a run at Ruth's mark. 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
When Roger Maris
is talking with his wife from a payphone after the birth of their son, Randy J. Maris
, he's talking on a payphone that is a single-slot model. In 1961, the three slot version (25 cent, 10 cent 5 cent) was still in use. The single-slot phone was not introduced until 1965. See more
[after a home run
Yeah, but it didn't curve.
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
References The Pride of the Yankees
Nobody Knows Me
Written and Performed by Lyle Lovett
Courtesy of Curb Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more