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.
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Why did America have room in its heart for only one hero?
Did You Know?
In the film, Whitey Ford repeatedly calls Mickey Mantle "Slick". This is actually an in-joke that existed between Ford and Mantle. The story behind it is this: Back when Casey Stengel was the manager of the Yankees in the 1950's, he repeatedly reprimanded Ford, Mantle, and Billy Martin (who had already been traded away before the events in this film) for spending their nights drinking and coming to the ballpark the next day hung over. Stengel talked about the trio being "whiskey slick". So Ford and Mantle would jokingly call each other "slick" forever afterward. See more
When Roger Maris
is talking to Mrs. Maris on the phone, we see a modular phone jack (not in use until the '70s). See more
[Recalling a date with a girl to Roger, Whitey, Yogi, and the rest at a nightclub
So where was I?... Oh yeah, We're gettin' undressed and we start foolin' around and she suddenly stops and says 'I thought you was a homo?' And I say 'What? Wht the hell you talkin' about?' And she says 'Well, I heard you was a switch hitter'!
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
Put On A Happy Face
Written by Charles Strouse
and Lee Adams See more