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?
Most of the details of the games recreated for the film were based on Billy Crystal
's first hand memories of having seen or watched the actual games. As a result, the film's crew members nicknamed him "Rain Man" for his uncanny ability to remember the games to the smallest detail. See more
Detroit Tiger Pitcher Frank Lary was right handed, not left handed as depicted in the movie. See more
[after Artie publishes a story incriminating Roger, and Roger hits a home run with the Yankee Stadium crowd booing him
Can you believe this? They're booing him in his own ballpark
Yeah, and I wonder why, Artie?
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
Referenced in The Punisher
Theme from "The Andy Griffith Show"
Written by Earle Hagen
(as Earl Hagen) and Herbert W. Spencer
(as Herbert Spencer) See more