61* (2001)

Director
Billy Crystal

Main cast
Barry Pepper; Thomas Jane; Anthony Michael Hall; Richard Masur; Bruce McGill

Genres
Drama, History

Description
In 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. One, Mantle, was universally loved, while the other, Maris, was universally hated. Both men started off with a bang, and both were nearing Babe Ruth's 60 home run record. Which man would reach it?


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