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61* (2001)

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Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roger Maris
... Mickey Mantle
... Whitey Ford
... Milt Kahn
... Ralph Houk
... Bob Cerv
... Pat Maris ('61)
... Mel Allen
... Dan Topping
... Ford Frick
... Phil Rizzuto
... Artie Green
... Sam Simon
... Bob Fitschel
... Joe DiMaggio
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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. Written by Jwelch5742

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Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Why did America have room in its heart for only one hero?


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Trivia

Joe Grifasi, who played Yankee Broadcaster Phil Rizzuto, later played another iconic Yankee Yogi Berra in the 2007 ESPN miniseries The Bronx Is Burning. Christopher McDonald, who played Mel Allen, also appeared as Joe DiMaggio in the same series. See more »

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Detroit Tiger Pitcher Frank Lary was right handed, not left handed as depicted in the movie. See more »

Quotes

The Babe: Hey Roger, up here! It's the voice from above. Hey Maris, up here. It's the Babe! Hey, you want my record? You want my record? You can come up and kiss my Bambino ass! Hey I saw ya in the paper the other day. Nice hookers you have there pal. You're nothing! You're never gonna be nothing! Hey what, you can't even face me? You can't even look at me? Oh, you wanna play ball? You wanna play some ball? Hey, I tell you what. Catch this you piece of shit!
[throws a chair at Maris]
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Crazy Credits

The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more »

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Features The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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The Kid From Red Bank
Written by Neal Hefti
Performed by Count Basie
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, A Division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under License From EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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This is a great film even for the non baseball fan
2 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Even for the only occasional baseball fan in Europe (i.e. myself) this film gives you excitement about the game the game of baseball, feeling for some of its greatest stars and hits home just how big the sport is across the pond. And it really brings home how much director/producer Billy Crystal loves the game.

The strength, however, really rest in the performance of Billy Pepper and Thomas Jane who portray the friendship, rivalry and respect between two great players.

I was glued to the screen from moment one would suggest that this is one of the strongest sports films ever made.


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