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?
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[after reading a news story of him signing an X on a kid's ball
... So the guy tells me "Hey, Rog, would you sign an X for my kid?" I sign X and the son of a bitch takes off! I was going to give him a real autograph, I was just kidding around! We win the most important game of the season and this is the horseshit they write about?
[Mickey is eating eggs at the coffee table. Bob, his right knee wrapped up, rests it next to Mickey's plate
What the hell are you doing?
Sorry, Mick. You're not the ...
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
Featured in Tell Them Who You Are
Theme from "The Andy Griffith Show"
Written by Earle Hagen
(as Earl Hagen) and Herbert W. Spencer
(as Herbert Spencer) See more