The M & M Boys, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, took baseball by storm in 1961 as they chased Babe Ruth's legendary single season home run record. To capitalize on their fame, the movie "Safe at Home" was produced immediately after the 1961 season. Offered here is a one-sheet poster of this movie, measuring 27” x 41”. It's fully original in outstanding condition with minor fold lines common in all vintage movie posters, and is displayed in a gold frame (38" x 52"). More importantly, the poster has been signed by Mickey Mantle, who inscribed his "No. 7" beneath his signature.
To say Mantle and Maris were the toast of New York City would be less than generous. Both hit home runs almost daily for the Yankees, each sometimes matching the other in the same game several times as the pressure mounted to break the most important record in baseball history. In the end Mickey suffered a leg infection and spent virtually the last two weeks of the season in the hospital. He ended the year with 54 round trippers ( No. 54 coming on Sept. 23 ). On Oct. 1, Roger Maris hit home run No. 61 at Yankee Stadium off Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard, breaking the Babe's 34-year old record of 60 home runs in a single season.
Needless to say, licensing companies, manufacturers and retailers converged on these two baseball icons inundating them with endorsement offers -- from pencils bearing their images and facsimile autographs to radios and even recordings of their voices. Perhaps the most unique, however, was a movie contract. The movie “Safe at Home” was produced immediately after the 1961 season in an attempt to cash in on their new fame. It was filmed mostly at the Yankees spring training facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was ready for distribution at the beginning of the 1962 season, April 13 to be exact.
Certainly it is not considered a movie epic by anyone's standards, but it did star the M & M Boys, as well as teammates Whitey Ford, manager Ralph Houk and William Frawley (he of “I Love Lucy” and “My Three Sons” fame). Even the Mick's real life son, David, made a cameo appearance in the movie. It's a "feel good" movie and from a special time in baseball history when these two men captured the baseball world, many in fact hoping Ruth's record would not be eclipsed that year.
Of course, the movie was popular, but short lived. It's seen occasionally on television these days, but few movie buffs realize these two Yankee greats -- who by the way were close off-field friends -- actually appeared in a full-length feature motion picture together.
Offered here is a one-sheet poster of this movie, measuring 27” x 41”. It's fully original and the condition is simply outstanding. The rich red colors simply jump out at the viewer. The large images of Mantle and Maris are sharp and crisp, and Mantle's signature is a beauty!
Movie posters were sent by studios to local theaters free of charge and were used for display purposes during that brief period of time while the movie was featured. The posters were shipped folded, hence the minor fold lines in vintage movie posters. Once the movie ran its course (just weeks perhaps) the posters were either discarded or returned to the studio to be destroyed. In essence, they were ephemeral. They had a short "shelf life" and therefore made of the thinnest and least durable paper. Hence, few survive today in reasonably nice condition. This one miraculously is one of the survivors and it's a beauty.
Comes with a Letter of Authenticity from PSA.