"Pafko at the Wall", subtitled "The Shot Heard Round the World", was originally published as a folio in the October 1992 issue of Harper's Magazine. It was later (1997) incorporated as the prologue in Don DeLillo's magnum opus novel, Underworld, with minor changes from the original version, such as a new opening line. In 2001, "Pafko" was re-released as a novella, by Scribner (this is the same version as printed in Underworld). In Underworld this section is titled "The Triumph of Death", in reference to the painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
The title character is Andy Pafko, who, as the Dodgers' left fielder, saw Thomson's famous shot go over his head.