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?
According to Billy Crystal
in the DVD Commentary, the scene of Mickey Mantle
and Roger Maris
doing the hot dog commercial was supposed to end with Roger's line "Hey, Mickey, shouldn't we be on the field?" But kept the cameras rolling and all of the "goofs" of Mickey and Roger laughing in the shooting were really the reactions of Thomas Jane
and Barry Pepper
which Billy decided to leave in the scene. See more
The third deck at the stadium was added digitally in post-production. When Mickey Mantle
and Roger Maris
are doing batting practice near the beginning of the movie, in two shots you see the ball go into the stands, and fall through the third deck onto the second. 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?
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
Written and Performed by Bobby Darin
Courtesy of Atco Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products See more