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
The broadcast of the opening day game describes the Twins pitcher as "Pascual" - a reference to longtime pitcher Camilo Pascual
. He did not pitch that day - Pedro Ramos pitched a complete game for the Twins. See more
[Recalling a date with a girl to Roger, Whitey, Yogi, and the rest at a nightclub
So where was I?... Oh yeah, We're gettin' undressed and we start foolin' around and she suddenly stops and says 'I thought you was a homo?' And I say 'What? Wht the hell you talkin' about?' And she says 'Well, I heard you was a switch hitter'!
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Featured in Tell Them Who You Are
Talk To Me Lonesome Heart
Written by James O'Gwynn
Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville
Under License From Universal Music Enterprises See more