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61* is an endearing ode to the baseball days of yore when the press was the enemy, salaries were in check, and breaking records with bat and glove took on Ruthian proportions. In 1961 baseball expanded its season from 154 games to 162, allowing weaker pitching into the major leagues and two New York Yankees teammates--the colorless Roger Maris and golden boy Mickey Mantle--to make an assault on the sport's ultimate record: Babe Ruth's 60 home runs. To add to the stew, baseball commissioner Ford Frick announced any record set in the last eight games of the season wouldn't count toward the official record; records had to be achieved in 154 games.
Director Billy Crystal guarantees success for his movie in the perfect casting of the leads. Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan's religious sniper) is deft as Maris, and Thomas Jane is a perfect Mantle, a superman in a Yankee uniform. Despite the differences between family man Maris and hard-living Mantle, they form a rewarding friendship amid the media and fan frenzy. The shy Maris took the brunt of the storm, even facing boo-birds in his home stadium. Crystal and first-time writer Hank Steinberg keep the pace moving quickly between the field, the locker room, the press box, and the home front. The film never tries to dazzle with more than the facts (and it softens Mantle up a bit), yet it belongs on the short list of grand baseball movies. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
In 1961 Maris and Mantle hit a load of homeruns. Soon there are concerns about Babe Ruth's record of 60 homeruns in 154 game as the season has changed to 162 games. Some swearing.Published 3 months ago by ellison
I have yet to receive the item I purchased almost 6 weeks ago. Very disappointed. It was supposed to be a surprise birthday gift.Published on July 10 2013 by erin tufts
As a Mickey Mantle fan it was enlightening to see into the events of 1961 portrayed in hindsight with the press cast in a villainous role. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2011 by Alan Novakowski
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