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?
Before the Baltimore game when Roger Maris
ties the record, the reporter is complaining about Maris not showing up for an interview and then begins to rip him for his attitude. According to Billy Crystal
in the DVD commentary, the reason Maris stood up the reporter was because he was visiting a sick kid in the hospital. Crystal says he left that part out for two reasons: 1. Because the plot device of a ballplayer visiting a sick child was used too much in baseball movies (e.g., The Pride of the Yankees
(1942)), and 2. It interrupted the overall tone of this section of the film which Crystal wanted to show the world against Roger Maris. See more
Many players refer to Mickey Mantle
as being 18 years old when he was a rookie. He was actually 19 years old in his rookie season, 1951. See more
[Sotto voce, to Mickey Mantle
This guy died and nobody told him.
Commissioner Ford Frick
As I stand here this afternoon, it is impossible not to think of the Babe; not to feel his presence here even now. He was more than a ball player. He was everything that is special about this game. He was everything that is special about America.
[Sotto voce, to Whitey
I bet I got more pussy than he did.
The first set of credits lists Chris McDonald; the second. Christopher McDonald. See more
I Like It Like That
Written by Allen Toussaint
(as Allen Troussaint) & Chris Kenner
Performed by Chris Kenner
Courtesy of Charly Licensing APS See more