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?
In the game in Baltimore, the movie shows Hoyt Wilhelm
coming into the 9th inning in mid-inning prior to Roger Maris
attempting to hit his 60th home run. In actuality, Wilhelm started and completed the entire 9th inning; Maris was the 3rd and final batter of the inning. See more
[on Mickey's "clean living" rooming with Roger Maris
You goin' home to the wife tonight?
Aw, fuck you!
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
Features The Ed Sullivan Show
Hello, Mary Lou (Goodbye Heart)
Written by Gene Pitney
and Cayet Mangiaracina
Performed by Ricky Nelson
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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