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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's son and grandson cameo as the father and son during the ending credits. See more
When Roger Maris
is talking with his wife from a payphone after the birth of their son, Randy J. Maris
, he's talking on a payphone that is a single-slot model. In 1961, the three slot version (25 cent, 10 cent 5 cent) was still in use. The single-slot phone was not introduced until 1965. See more
[In game 154, when the Orioles bring their ace reliever Wilhelm just to face Roger
No, this is bush!
Come on, it's a good move!
[Glares at Artie
The first set of credits lists Dominic Lombardozi; the second, Domenick Lombardozzi. See more
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Walk Don't Run
Written by John Smith
Performed by The Ventures
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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