61 (The Movie)

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    61 (The Movie)

    I didn't know if it would be better to post this in Pro Sports or General Discussion, but I watched this movie last night and was wondering how accurate a lot of the content was from the movie? For example, did a fan really throw a chair at Roger Maris in Yankee stadium?

    I enjoyed the movie, because honestly I wasn't really familiar with Roger Maris' story, of coarse I knew who he was, but I found it interesting. I really liked how they started and ended the movie focusing on Mark McGwire passing his record.

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    I enjoyed the movie.

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    Not sure about the chair, I have a book called "61" not the same more about the whole team in 1961. Most Yankee fans didn't like Roger or wanted him to break the record. Roger was just a quite guy and didn't give the press much to write about. Mick was the next Babe Ruth.

    Roger lost sleep/hair/private time. How would he handled it in todays time? The right field foul pole was 295' from home plate, some softball fields have longer fences. But Roger earned it and deserved it, was a really great guy. Once scored 6 TDs in a high school game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJAlltheWay24 View Post
    I didn't know if it would be better to post this in Pro Sports or General Discussion, but I watched this movie last night and was wondering how accurate a lot of the content was from the movie? For example, did a fan really throw a chair at Roger Maris in Yankee stadium?

    I enjoyed the movie, because honestly I wasn't really familiar with Roger Maris' story, of coarse I knew who he was, but I found it interesting. I really liked how they started and ended the movie focusing on Mark McGwire passing his record.

    Thoughts?
    I loved the movie and watch anytime it's on as I scan channels.

    In answer to your question I found this site: http://www.thecolumnists.com/isaacs/isaacs24.html

    He states this: First, let me pass along two incidents which deflate some of the basic premises of the film. In Detroit one night, when Maris hit home run No. 56 off the right façade in Tiger Stadium, right fielder Al Kaline retrieved the ball and threw it toward the Yankee dugout for Maris to have. Afterward in the locker room, Detroit reporter Watson Spoelstra asked Maris if that was a nice thing for Kaline to do.

    Because I liked Maris but was all too aware of his tendency to be blunt, I fervently wished Maris would answer yes. Instead, he said, "Anybody would have done it." He came off as an ungracious lout and Spoelstra wrote it that way in his paper. The next night Detroit fans at the park who obviously had read Spoelstra's story booed Maris lustily.

    The film shows a fan razzing Maris and then throwing a chair at him, producing a hullabaloo with the Yankees protesting to the umpires. I am told that Tony Kubek, Maris' teammate, said this occurred. If it happened, I and others who covered the team, weren't aware of it, and it certainly didn't inspire the scene depicted in the movie.


    This is a review from a writer who covered the '61 Yankees and that summer.

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    Thanks Hatz, I appreciate it. I just wondered how accurate that was because it would be pretty crazy if it were true. But for some reason I could totally believe it happening.

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    I loved the movie, thought it was great.

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