Yankees: Pinstripe-focused TV, movies and more to get your baseball fix
By Ryan Doyle
Directed by well-known Yankees fan Billy Crystal, 61* follows Roger Maris (Barry Pepper) and Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) as they chase Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record.
The film takes a look at the home run race from the beginning of the season, where Mantle gets off to a hot start, as Maris worries about his future with the team even as he comes off an MVP season.
As the season continues, Mantle battles his off-field demons and injuries and Maris is unable to handle the hate from New York’s fans who are pushing hard for Mantle and the insufferable media.
Jane and Pepper do a remarkable job depicting the “M&M Boys” and their quest to surpass Ruth’s historic mark. An enjoyable look at one of the most beloved seasons in Yankees history, 61* is an elite Yankees movie. Find the film on HBO.
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Both loved by Yankees fans and critics alike, Pride of the Yankees was released a year after Gehrig’s untimely death to ALS.
The movie isn’t a look at his tremendous feats off the field but rather the man that Gehrig was. Gary Cooper portrays the stand-up man and teammate that Gehrig is remembered as.
The movie will bring a tear to fans’ eyes even 78 years later. Yes, the movie is dated and is in black and white but it is a legendary film that should be at the top of every New York fans’ watchlist. Rent it on Amazon for $1.99.