Two New York Yankee legends; Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, and their race in the season of '61 to beat Babe Ruth's record of 60 homeruns in one season. The stress, the press, and Mantle's consuming lifestyle, are all addressed in this movie directed by Billy Crystal- which will at the very least earn your respect for the game, if not love it, regardless of which of the two won.
Production Year: 2001
November 14, 2013 13:30 (KSA) ~ November 14, 2013 12:30 (CLT)
Though he'd received the American League's MVP Award, along with the Golden Glove in 1960, Roger Maris (Barry Pepper) was regarded as an outsider by the New York press during his first season with the Yankees in '61. On the flipside, Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) was a star, schmoozing with the press at every opportunity. The two players though were solid friends on and off the pitch, with Mantle trying to ease the press off Maris' back, and Maris renting a flat and holing up with Mantle to get him to stop drinking and focus on breaking Babe Ruth's homerun record.
Halfway through the season the AL Commissioner would declare that after the changes to the league, to beat Ruth's 1927 record of 60, you would have to bat 61 in the first 154 games of the season to break the record; an even harder sell for the 'M&M Boys'. With Mantle's chances of breaking the record affected after a hip infection, it was up to Maris to break the record…
An important chapter of the history of baseball, authored by Maris, and superbly and caringly directed by Billy Crystal.
- Barry Pepper
- Thomas Jane
- Anthony Michael Hall
- Chris Bauer
- Bob Gunton
- Bruce McGill
- Michael Nouri
Directed by : Billy Crystal
Rating : PG-13