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Lifelong New York Yankee fan Billy Crystal directed this made-for-cable film concerning the 1961 home run race between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Maris (Barry Pepper) begins the 1961 season as the MVP from the previous year's campaign. Mantle (Thomas Jane) is the most beloved Yankee since DiMaggio. In an attempt to jump-start the team after a poor start to the season, manager Ralph Houk (Bruce McGill) switches their positions in the batting order so that Maris now hits directly before Mantle. This decision sparks both players to begin a run at one of the most beloved numbers in all of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A great baseball movie solidly directed by Billy Crystal. You can tell he's a Yankee fan, but also does not hesitate from showing the warts on some of his idols."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Baseball drama from director Billy Crystal has the graceful arc of a well-hit ball."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"This film will play much better to die hard baseball fans than it will to non-devotees"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"One of the best telemovies I've ever seen...simply sensational"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A superior baseball movie"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"...[features] two superb performances."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Unexpectedly touching (and extremely well-acted) portrait of two baseball legends."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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