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?
Until he had been hired to play Mickey Mantle
for this film, Thomas Jane
had never played baseball in his life and knew nothing about the game. See more
The broadcast of the opening day game describes the Twins pitcher as "Pascual" - a reference to longtime pitcher Camilo Pascual
. He did not pitch that day - Pedro Ramos pitched a complete game for the Twins. See more
I'm expectin' a guest, and his name is Mr. Jack... Daniels
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Written by Richard Adler
and Jerry Ross See more