Interest and attendance were dropping, and football was
ascending. Stuck in a rut, baseball was dying. Then
Steinbrenner bought the Yankees, a second-division club with
wife-swapping pitchers, leaving the House That Ruth Built not
with a slam but a simper. He vowed not to interfere—before soon
changing his mind. Across town, Tom Seaver led the Mets’
stellar pitching line-up, and iconic outfielder Willie Mays was... more...