Remembering a Yankee Legend

Akron, Ohio native Thurman Munson was and always will be a Yankees legend. Though his 11 year career in Major League Baseball was tragically cut short by his love of flying 40 years ago today on August 2nd, 1979. His 11 years in baseball were spent strictly in Pinstripes. During those years, he became the feisty leader for equally feisty George Steinbrenner’s squad, and was humbly named the captain, a first at the time since the Iron Horse Lou Gehrig had the honor bestowed upon him in 1939.

He was a leader when the Bronx Bombers took the World Series title back-to-back years in 1977 and 1978. There is no surprise the Yankees not only retired his #15, but preserved the 7-time All Star catcher’s locker at the old Yankee Stadium.

Thurman Munson’s memory is also preserved by Yankee Special Advisor , Ray Negron who has brought to life the memory of the Captain . Through beautiful scenes in the play, ‘Batboy’ with his widow Diana (played by Gigi Cormio) , we get to see the family man that Thurman was off the diamond, and a flavor of why he was so loved ON the diamond by his teammates, and his boss, The Boss, George Steinbrenner.

Personally, I got to know Bobby Murcer over the last 20 years and he was an amazing man as well. I can only imagine that up in heaven he is recounting the emotions he felt getting the game-winning hit after Thurman died to Thurman Munson himself.



Hey there! My name is Alex Garrett and I’m a talk radio producer, podcaster and blogger! Find out more @alexnyc1 ! Email

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