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

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Billy Crystal

Writer:

Hank Steinberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Pepper ... Roger Maris
Thomas Jane ... Mickey Mantle
Anthony Michael Hall ... Whitey Ford
Richard Masur ... Milt Kahn
Bruce McGill ... Ralph Houk
Chris Bauer ... Bob Cerv
Jennifer Crystal Foley ... Pat Maris ('61)
Christopher McDonald ... Mel Allen
Bob Gunton ... Dan Topping
Donald Moffat ... Ford Frick
Joe Grifasi ... Phil Rizzuto
Peter Jacobson ... Artie Green
Seymour Cassel ... Sam Simon
Robert Joy ... Bob Fitschel
Michael Nouri ... Joe DiMaggio
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

HBO

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

61 See more »

Company Credits

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HBO Films,Face Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story Whitey Ford tells about Mickey Mantle tearing his knee because Joe DiMaggio made him back off a fly ball is true. According to Billy Crystal, Mickey had told him that story before and had even said "My knees were done right there and then." See more »

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When Roger is in the locker room reading through his fan letters, one of the unopened envelopes on the table has a five-digit ZIP code written on it. ZIP codes were not introduced until 1963. See more »

Quotes

Whitey Ford: [on Mickey's "clean living" rooming with Roger Maris] You goin' home to the wife tonight?
Mickey Mantle: Aw, fuck you!
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Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more »

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Referenced in The Punisher (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

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
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This is a great film even for the non baseball fan
2 January 2006 | by claes-bertilsonSee 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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