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?
In the "I Love Mickey" song played in the movie, the first "Mickey Who?" is said by the actual Mickey Mantle
. The rest are said by Thomas Jane
. See more
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
Hey Roger, up here! It's the voice from above. Hey Maris, up here. It's the Babe! Hey, you want my record? You want my record? You can come up and kiss my Bambino ass! Hey I saw ya in the paper the other day. Nice hookers you have there pal. You're nothing! You're never gonna be nothing! Hey what, you can't even face me? You can't even look at me? Oh, you wanna play ball? You wanna play some ball? Hey, I tell you what. Catch this you piece of shit!
[throws a chair at Maris
Yankee Stadium played by Tiger Stadium See more
Put On A Happy Face
Written by Charles Strouse
and Lee Adams See more