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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says his trademark "Oh Doctor!" during an audio cameo in this film credited as "Angels announcer". See more
When Roger Maris
is talking to Mrs. Maris on the phone, we see a modular phone jack (not in use until the '70s). See more
Listen Mick, Cerv and I got this place. It's real nice and quiet. It's in a nice place, neighborhood. Heck, sometimes we cook for ourselves and other times we're sending out.
What the hell are you talking about?
Yeah, well I was just thinking, maybe you'd like to come and live with us.
Let me get this straight. I got a big fucking suite at the St. Maritz Hotel, and you want me to move to Queens?
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
Featured in Tell Them Who You Are
Talk To Me Lonesome Heart
Written by James O'Gwynn
Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Mercury Nashville
Under License From Universal Music Enterprises See more