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?
Over the years, Billy Crystal
became close friends with Mickey Mantle
and learned many anecdotes from Mantle's career which were later referenced in the film. See more
In the game in Baltimore, the movie shows Hoyt Wilhelm
coming into the 9th inning in mid-inning prior to Roger Maris
attempting to hit his 60th home run. In actuality, Wilhelm started and completed the entire 9th inning; Maris was the 3rd and final batter of the inning. See more
The separate single-season home run records remained until Nineteen Ninety-One, when Fay Vincent, the commissioner of baseball, ordered that there be only one record. Roger Maris died six years earlier, never knowing that the record belonged to him.
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
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