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?
The fan who runs out and shakes Roger Maris
's hand and slaps him on the back as he approaches home plate after his record-breaking 61st home run is an actual life-long Maris fan who was present at the original game. He was hired as a consultant and always wished he could have been that guy back in the summer of 1961 when he saw the game as a 13-year-old kid. See more
During Roger Maris
and his wife's phone conversation, Roger picks up some Camel cigarettes in a pack that wasn't designed until the late-90's. See more
[about a newspaper article on Mickey Mantle
All I did was say that he had an off season.
He hit forty home runs last year. A lot of players would kill for that kind of an "off" season.
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
I Love Mickey
Words & Music by Ruth Roberts
, Bill Katz
& Teresa Brewer
Performed by Teresa Brewer
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more