Billy Crystal at Bat

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/1998 12:00AM

Producer-director Billy Crystal introduced his pet project, the HBO movie "61*," at a gala Manhattan screening Monday. The film's about the 1961 winning season of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle of the Yankees, and several members of the championship team were on hand, including the heroic Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and Derek Jeter, reports PEOPLE. So were Sarah Jessica Parker, Robin Williams, Donald Trump and a whole bunch of "Sopranos." Noting how many of Maris's progeny were in the audience, Crystal quipped, "Boy, there are a lot of Marises. I see he broke another one of (Babe) Ruth's records." Afterwards, Williams pronounced the movie "really great." Thanks to Crystal, Williams is now a baseball fan. He wasn't before. "I didn't know squat about baseball. It's like I was Amish. But now I go and it's really exciting . . . By the time I'm 80 I may know some stats."

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