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?
A reference is made to President John F. Kennedy
interrupting a news conference to mention that Roger Maris
has hit #47 and #48. Kennedy did not hold a news conference that week in August, nor ever mention Maris during one. President Kennedy would never interrupt a press conference, let alone interrupt one to praise the accomplishments of Yankees' player. He was too big a fan of the Boston Red Sox for that. See more
[Mickey Mantle just switched from right hand to left hand during batting practice
Oh, look at this. Mr. Ambidextrial.
Ambidextrial, you know... this side, that side.
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
Written and Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more