61* (2001)

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Correction: It's in black and white.

Corrected entry: Throughout the film, anytime the baseball is shown in close-up (as when being pitched, etc), it appears to be a modern-day Rawlings American League baseball (with "Rawlings" either covered over or not visible). In 1961, where the film was set, the manufacturer of official baseballs for the majors was Spalding.

Correction: Actually American League baseballs in 1961 were made by Reach Sporting Goods, not Spalding.

Corrected entry: When Roger Maris is on his final shot to get the 61st homerun in the same amount of games as Babe Ruth, he misses by hitting the ball with a check swing. When he hits it, the ball is traveling to his left, towards third base. In the next shot, the first baseman picks it up and tags out Roger!

Correction: In the movie when Roger's check swing is in the infield against the Orioles, it is the pitcher, not the first baseman, who picks up the ball and tags him out in his last at bat.

Corrected entry: In many of the games, Yogi Berra was announced as a left fielder, when he was in fact a catcher.

Correction: In 1961, Yogi Berra played 87 games in left field, and 15 as a catcher.

Corrected entry: In one scene, the Yankees are playing the Twins. The Twins didn't exist until the following year when they moved from Washington.

Correction: The Minnesota Twins' inaugural season was in 1961. Owner Calvin Griffith made the announcement to move the team from Washington, DC to Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota on October 26, 1960.

Continuity mistake: In game 154 in Baltimore where Maris needs 2 home runs to tie Babe Ruth's record, he comes to bat in the 2nd inning. The scoreboard shows that the Yankees have scored 1 run in the inning. Later in the game when Wilhelm comes in to pitch, the scoreboard shows that no runs were scored by the Yankees in the 2nd inning.

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Yogi Berra: Ninety percent of the game is half mental.

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Trivia: For his role as Whitey Ford, rather than having to learn to pitch left-handed, right-handed Anthony Michael Hall wore his uniform number and logo backwards; the image was then flipped.

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Question: Mickey Mantle was on a home run streak that year and then got hurt. I am just curious to know, if Mickey Mantle had been the one to break the record, if there would be such an uproar over it.

Answer: Probably not. Mantle was loved by the fans and the sports writers, plus he was a good layer. Maris never really had a good season before, or after, so a lot of people did not think he deserved to be the one to break the record.


Answer: Actually Maris was MVP the previous year, 1960.

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