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?
Two famous New York sportswriters are portrayed by actors who resemble them but are referred to by fictional names. Richard Masur's character, Milt Kahn, is based on New York Post columnist Milt Gross, while Seymour Cassel's character, Sam Simon, is based on New York Daily News columnist Dick Young. It was Young, in fact, and not Commissioner Ford Frick, who first talked about putting an asterisk next to Maris's home run record. See more
was not a member of the Yankees in the beginning of the 1961 season, he was a member of the Los Angeles Angels. See more
[Sotto voce, to Mickey Mantle
This guy died and nobody told him.
Commissioner Ford Frick
As I stand here this afternoon, it is impossible not to think of the Babe; not to feel his presence here even now. He was more than a ball player. He was everything that is special about this game. He was everything that is special about America.
[Sotto voce, to Whitey
I bet I got more pussy than he did.
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
Referenced in The Punisher
Walk Don't Run
Written by John Smith
Performed by The Ventures
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