The list author says: "This list isn't really about baseball as a bunch of statistics and players, but about the game as a metaphor for life. Some of our best writers...Halberstam... George Will...George Vecsey... Roger Angell...Jim Murray... Jonathan Mahler... Roger Kahn...Richard Ford ...even Hunter S. Thompson... have been drawn to the drama of the game. From the early days, though the "Blacksox" scandal of the 'twenties, through integration of baseball, the movement West, and the steroid scandal... there are great stories. There were Heroes: Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams; and villains: Ty Cobb, Pete Rose, and Roger Clemens."
"1977 was the summer of Son of Sam, and New York was tense. Politics was changing with the battle between Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo, and Bella Abzug. Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin were having a feud. Then the lights went out, and the city became a battleground between angry looters and frustrated cops."