In the year 1977, Major league Baseball has officially inaugurated the free agent market. A baseball player named Reggie Jackson came to New York to sign a contract with the ball club called the "Yankees". But, what Jackson does not know that he will soon bring controversy to the club, by saying that he's the "Straw that stirs the drink", causing his fellow teammates especially, Thurman Munson to not like him. Plus, manager Billy Martin and owner George Steinbrenner also have their own private arguments about Jackson and the team. Meanwhile, other things are happening in New York as a killer using a .44 magnum and calling himself as "The Son Of Sam" is lurking around the city, and the infamous blackout.
Everyone Has Something To Prove.
Did You Know?
Three newspaper writers (Maury Allen, Phil Pepe, Steve Jacobson) who followed the Yankees during the 1977 season were featured prominently during the series. Two of them (Allen, Jacobson) can be seen standing with the actors who portrayed them (Louis Mustillo, Alan Ruck) during the locker room celebration in the final episode. The third writer, Pepe, can be seen as one of members of the press quoting George Steinbrenner in "The Seven Commandments" episode. See more
Many people have commented (in critic reviews and IMDB comment postings) that Billy Martin, born in California and having lived most of his life in New York, never spoke with a Southern accent as seen on the show. According to Jonathan Mahler's book, upon which the series is based, while Billy was a manager for the Texas Rangers, he loved Texas and it's people so much that he adopted the accent and the habit of wearing cowboy boots and hats for the rest of his life. See more
[arguing with Billy Martin
I already got a pennant. I want a ring! if you can't do it, then I will get someone who will.