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?
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: he lends his voice several times in the film: 1: The director yelling "Cut!" when Roger Maris
and Mickey Mantle
try to film a commercial. 2: The Detroit Tigers' 3rd base coach yelling, "Hold Up! Hold Up!" 3: The TV announcer for Roger and Mickey's commercial. Billy also appears as a fan in the stands in the scene where Mickey gets a standing ovation as he starts batting practice on Opening Day. He can be seen in the upper deck crowd in the front, wearing a navy blue shirt. See more
When Mickey Mantle
and Roger Maris
are playing catch, a reporter tells Maris that Babe Ruth
hit .343 the year he hit 60 home runs in 1927. Ruth actually hit .356 that year, and never hit .343 during any of his 22 seasons. See more
[Roger's wife and daughter come to opening day to see him receive his MVP award from last season
Kids up to see the pop get his big award?
Yeah just Pat and Suzan. The other ones are too little, they're back in Missouri
They came up for opening day and then back tomorrow. Is Merlyn here?
Nah, she's back in Dallas with the boys. She don't like it too much up here.
Who doesn't like it up here?
[Jokingly hitting Artie in the groin with his bat
Your wife, Artie. She likes it down there, you...
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Featured in Tell Them Who You Are
Written and Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more