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?
According to Billy Crystal
in the DVD Commentary, in the scene where Mickey Mantle
throws a tantrum in the dugout and repeatedly punches the water fountain, Thomas Jane
punched the fountain so hard that he broke a knuckle. See more
In the bar scene, when the other Yankee players were talking to Roger Maris
about Mickey Mantle
's relationship with Joe DiMaggio
, Moose Skowron
mentions that Joe didn't talk to him at all his rookie year, until the World Series. Skowron did not join the Yankees until 1954, DiMaggio retired after the 1951 season, therefore, the two were never teammates. Plus, the Yankees did not even make the World Series in 1954. Even though the team won 103 games (the most for a Casey Stengel
-managed team), they finished a distant second to the Cleveland Indians who won a then-American League record 111 games. See more
[before game 154, when Roger, breaking down from pressure, wants to sit out the game
I'm not a sentimental type guy, but... most of us, we bang around the game for a while, then we are forgotten. Ruth, Cobb, Gehrig, DiMaggio, those guys were bigger than the game, and I know that is not what you want. But right now, whether you like it or not, you're bigger than the game. And this is your chance to go out there and show them what you're made of, and that you owe to yourself. I'll tell you what, ...
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Nobody Knows Me
Written and Performed by Lyle Lovett
Courtesy of Curb Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more