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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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The part of Baltimore Oriole knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm was played by real-life major league knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti. See more »

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There was no Sports Illustrated cover with Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. They were on the cover of Life. See more »

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Mickey Mantle: I like women with small hands, they make my dick look big.
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Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more »

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I Count The Tears
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Perhaps best baseball movie ever
19 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

So superb was the job Billy Crystal did on this movie that it is the best baseball (even sports) film I have ever seen. Every detail is meticulously worked out, even more accurately, I believe, than in The Titanic (which, contrary to popular belief, had a few inaccuracies). And while a strong effort in getting look alikes can never completely pay off with so many people involved, how about Barry Pepper as Maris? (Of course, the most important person.)

Mickey Mantle's faults are brought out unrestrainedly by perhaps his No. 1 fan, and yet he still comes across in a positive light, as he should. Maris's problems with the press are also portrayed sympathetically, and yet so are members of the press, who are personalized and humanized and have their side also fairly presented. Particularly moving was the scene at the end where a press person who had been at odds with Maris is cheering him on to break the record. An ornamental portrayal of Pat Maris would of course not be tolerated, but Crystal makes an extra, very successful effort at making her an important part of the film with great character development and a thoughtful inclusion of her problems. In fact, I find it hard to think of another movie in which there is such an absence of plastic people. And in spite of the post-Ball Four attitudes about how athletes really are, this movie appears to be accurate in presenting Maris as a good Catholic (and relatively nonboozing) family man.

Yankee haters may not be into this film as much as Yankee lovers, but in any event it brilliantly captures the Yankee mystique (and dominance in this particular season) in the early 60s. Were they the apotheosis of the pre-Vietnam, All-American ideal? If you are one of those people whose main complaint about movies these days is more than specific factors, but the general lack of anything uplifting, see this movie. More in the modern vein than, say, Pride of the Yankees, but no less uplifting.


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