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?
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
[on Mickey's "clean living" rooming with Roger Maris
You goin' home to the wife tonight?
Aw, fuck you!
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
Referenced in The Punisher
I Love Mickey
Words & Music by Ruth Roberts
, Bill Katz
& Teresa Brewer
Performed by Teresa Brewer
Courtesy of MCA Records
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