Yankee history, The life of Thurman Munson

On August 9, 1979, the baseball world was shocked as the Yankee faithful cried over the loss of their first Captain in 40 years, catcher Thurmon Munson was killed in a plane crash!

Thurman Munson is the only baseball player in the history of the game to win the title of College All-American, MLB Rookie of the Year, receive the MVP award, Gold Glove awards, be a seven-time All-Star and win World Championships. Munson was one of the most popular players on Yankee teams for eleven years. He was the heart and soul catcher for the New York Yankees between 1969 and his untimely death in 1979.

Munson was born in Akron, Ohio, and was the youngest of four siblings. At the age of eight, his family moved to Canton. He learned to play ball with the help of his older brother Duane. He always played ball with older kids that were three or four years older than he. He was a talented athlete, and that was exhibited in high school, where he was captain of the baseball, basketball, and football team. He was all-city and all-state in all three sports. In baseball, Thruman played mostly shortstop but, in his senior year, switched to catcher. He received a baseball scholarship and attended…

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