The series' premiere episode takes the story of baseball from its origins in the 1840's up until 1900 and shows conclusively that the game was not invented by Abner Doubleday at Cooperstown but rather evolved from an earlier game called "Rounders."
Episode Two covers the game from the turn of the century up until 1910 and introduces the viewers to some of the greatest figures in the history of baseball including Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and John McGraw.
The popularity of baseball continues to rise but the public's faith in the game is shaken by the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 when the Chicago White Sox deliberately lost the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds.
The career of Babe Ruth, the game's most dominant player in the 1920's, is chronicled in this installment of the series.
This episode deals with the rise of the Negro Leagues in the 1930's and the many great players there including Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and Cool Papa Bell. Also, the effects of the Great Depression on the game.
Baseball in the 1940's is profiled. Among the events covered are Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak, Ted Williams being the last player to hit over .400, and the integration of baseball by Jackie Robinson in 1947.
During the 1950's, New York City was the capital of baseball (the title of the episode) with three successful franchises: the Yankees, Giants, and Brooklyn Dodgers. But by the end of the decade, the Giants and Dodgers had moved their franchises to the West Coast thus bringing the game to the entire country geographically.
Baseball in the 1960's is discussed in this episode. Among the topics are the new multi-purpose stadiums which replaced the older, more intimate ones.
The final chapter of the series deals with baseball from the 1970's until present day (1994) and includes the numerous troubles between management and labor.