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 images of the paths of the home run balls were CGI animation. Billy Crystal
said he was having a hard time animating the proper arc and path of Maris's sixty first home run. During post production, Crystal attended Game 6 of the 2000 ALCS in which Yankees Outfielder David Justice hit a dramatic late inning Home Run at Yankee Stadium. Crystal credits seeing Justice's Home Run as helping give him the proper vision to depict Maris's historic Home Run. See more
When Roger Maris
is talking to Mrs. Maris on the phone, we see a modular phone jack (not in use until the '70s). See more
Hey, Mick, you read Sam Simon's column today?
No, you know I don't read that shit. Son of a bitch has been after me since day one. What's it say?
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Hello, Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
Written by Gene Pitney
and Cayet Mangiaracina
Performed by Ricky Nelson
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License From EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets See more