“The Captain” Thurman Munson, Always In Our  Hearts

Thurman Munson

June 7, 1947 – August 2, 1979

 

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In my view, I think Thurman Munson is a “Hall of Famer”,

and, it is long overdue, and about time,

that Thurman is honored by being enshrined into

Baseball’s “Hall of Fame”.

 

May God Always Bless Thurman,

and

May he rest in peace.

 

 

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— Jimmy Curran, “BY&L” – “Baseball, The Yankees, and Life”  

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15 comments

  1. raysrenegade

    If you ever want to look up toughness in a New York Yankee dictionary, you will see a full page picture of Thurman Munson.
    Even with him taken from us for so long the image of him running his Yankee pitching staffs and covering the plate like a blanket serve as a great memorial to his abilities and legacy.

    Rays Renegade

    http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Julia …

    The day that Thurman Munson tragically died was a very sad day for me personally, as well as, a very sad day for all Yankee fans and baseball fans alike !!! … Munson was one of the all-time greats, and should be in Baseball’s “Hall of Fame” as he accomplished more in his 10 full seasons with the Yankees than most players achieve playing many more years and games in the Major Leagues !!! … Like you said, Julia, “we are all left wondering, what if?”
    .
    Thurman probably would have played five more years after 1979, and, maybe, would have been the difference for the Yankees in the 1981 World Series against the Dodgers … The Yankees may have won that Series if “The Captain” was behind the plate !!! … All a big “what if” !!! … Also, Thurman Munson, along with Carlton Fisk and Johnny Bench were the best catchers in baseball during that era; and, certainly, since Bench and Fisk are already in the Hall of Fame, then, Munson also belongs in the Hall !!! [there is no question in my mind about this — Thurman Munson is most definitely a “Hall of Famer” !!!] … It is very hard to believe it is now 30 years since Thurman’s death !!! … It is time that Munson is honored by being enshrined into baseball’s “Hall of Fame” … “Very Soon” !!!
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    Take care, Julia !!! … Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”
    http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

  3. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Rays Renegade …

    Thurman Munson was the Yankees leader during the great Championship years of 1976-’77-78, and, if the Yankees needed a big clutch hit, Munson was the batter we all wanted to see up at the plate in those situations !!! … Munson’s clutch hitting, solid defense behind the plate, handling of the pitching staff, and leadership on the field and in the clubhouse were all “priceless” and most certainly the qualities of a “Hall of Fame” Major League Ballplayer !!! … Like you said, “Munson was the definition of toughness”, and he has left a great legacy to the Yankees and all of baseball !!!
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    Take care, Rays Renegade !!! … Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”
    http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, xcicix …

    Yes, Thurman Munson had a brilliant baseball career, and he was a wonderful family man who put his family first !!! … Munson achieved more in his 10 full seasons with the Yankees than most players accomplish in 15 or 20 seasons in the big leagues !!! … His tragic death resulted in Thurman leaving this earth way too soon; but, all that he accomplished is certainly worthy of being enshrined into baseball’s “Hall of Fame” !!! … Like you said, “Thurman was respected by many”, and it is long overdue that this respect is extended to Thurman Munson being voted into the Hall of Fame !!!
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    Thanks for the visit, xcicix !!! … Have a great day !!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, xcicix …

    Yes, Thurman Munson had a brilliant baseball career, and he was a wonderful family man who put his family first !!! … Munson achieved more in his 10 full seasons with the Yankees than most players accomplish in 15 or 20 seasons in the big leagues !!! … His tragic death resulted in Thurman leaving this earth way too soon; but, all that he accomplished is certainly worthy of being enshrined into baseball’s “Hall of Fame” !!! … Like you said, “Thurman was respected by many”, and it is long overdue that this respect is extended to Thurman Munson being voted into the Hall of Fame !!!
    .
    Thanks for the visit, xcicix !!! … Have a great day !!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  6. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jeremy …

    Thanks for the kind words !!!
    .
    Like you said, Thurman Munson always “played the game right”, and played “hard” all the time !!! … Just like Lou Gehrig and Derek Jeter, all three Yankee “captains” should be praised for playing hard, and playing the game the right way !!! … They all are true Yankees with “class” providing a connection to the great Yankees winning tradition of the past from the 1920’s to this present day !!! … Certainly, all three are Hall of Famers, and, Derek Jeter will join Lou Gehrig as a first ballot selection when his playing days are over !!! … Thurman Munson should also be in the Hall of Fame, and, hopefully, will be enshrined at some point in the near future !!!
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    Take care, Jeremy !!! … Thanks for stopping by !!!
    Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  7. Jane Heller

    Jimmy, have you read Marty Appel’s new biography of Munson? If not, you’d really enjoy it. It covers his career, of course, and his relationships with his teammates. But it also goes into his family life and the specifics of the plane crash, including an interview with one of the two survivors. Poignant but inspiring too. Let’s go Yanks!!!!

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  8. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Jane …

    Yeah, I plan on purchasing the Thurman Munson book this week. Thanks for the great review of the book, Jane !!! … I have heard a few interviews with Marty Appel talking about his book, and it really sounds like a very interesting and inspiring book about Munson’s whole life, including his early days growing up, right on through to his days with the Yankees, ending with the very sad and tragic plane crash … Thurman was a “true” Yankee, and one of the all-time greats !!! … Thurman Munson should be in the “Hall of Fame”, and I hope one day he will be honored with enshrinement into the Hall, taking his place with the other all-time greats of Baseball on the special hallowed walls in Cooperstown, New York !!!
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    A big week ahead for the pennant race in the AL East !!!
    Enjoy all the games, Jane; and, have a great week !!!
    “Go Yankees” !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  9. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Sportsgirl427 … Thanks for the kind words !!!
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    I hope one day in the near future Thurman Munson will receive the honor that has been long overdue, enshrinement into Baseball’s “Hall of Fame” !!! … Munson is one of the all-time greats, and has earned his place in Cooperstown, New York with the other all-time greats of the game !!! … Like you said, Munson is “a truly great player” … and, the above art work captures Thurman Munson perfectly, at his finest !!!
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    Take care, Sportsgirl427 !!! … Thanks for your visit, and great comments !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”

  10. greg1969

    Hey, Jimmy, glad you stopped by Brownie Points, even though we were getting a little frayed at the nerves. But you know how that goes…
    I’ll reiterate briefly what I said on another post of Julia’s. You are absolutely right, that Munson does belong in the HOF. Of course, being a Red Sox fan, and a fan of Fisk, I disliked Munson growing up. But I remember that day that Munson died. (My wife is from Akron, so we have even been to that airport). Later on, I came to think of Munson in a similar way that we think of Fisk–he was the engine that kept the machine going. Gritty, hard-nosed, and tough (one reason why Fisk and Munson disliked one another, I think!). The HOF voters may argue that “the numbers don’t support him”, but I don’t agree. Like Fisk, Munson passed the “eye test”–you can watch Munson and think “There goes a Hall of Famer”. He belongs in the HOF, and it is long overdue (as it was for Jim Rice).
    Take care, Jimmy, and God Bless.

  11. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Greg 1969 …

    I enjoyed my visit to the “Brownie Points” blog during the very special four-game weekend series between the Yankees and Red Sox, which was a great series for all in the Yankees Universe, and, not so great for Red Sox Nation, as the Yanks swept the series, increasing their lead in the AL East to six and a half games at the time … [on Monday, August 10th, the Yanks lost to Blue Jays, and the Red Sox won their game over the Tigers — so, the Yanks now hold a five and a half game lead over the Sox] … But, there still is a long way to go, and, I think, the pennant race between the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays will go right down to the wire in the AL East … It will be fun to watch !!!
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    Regarding Thurman Munson …
    I am happy that you agree with my thoughts that Munson should be enshrined into Baseball’s “Hall of Fame” !!! … Those were fun times back in the 1970’s watching the Yankees play the Red Sox, with the great battles on the field, and between Munson and Carlton Fisk !!! … The games back then were always played very well no matter what the record was of each team; and, all the players really fought and played hard because they did not really like each other !!! … It is a little different these days, but “The Rivalry” is still alive and well, and the games always have a playoff atmosphere !!!
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    Greg, like you said, both Munson and Fisk “kept the machine going” !!! … Thurman Munson left this earth way too soon, but he was a winner and leader of the Yankees, a true “captain”, and, his numbers tell only part of the story of his great baseball career … Munson was a Hall of Famer, on, and off the baseball diamond !!! … Thurman Munson, along with, Carlton Fisk and Johnny Bench were the best catchers of that era, and, certainly, if both Fisk and Bench are in the Hall of Fame, then Munson also belongs in the “Hall” !!! … Like you said, Greg, it was long overdue for Jim Rice to be voted into the Hall of Fame, and it is also long overdue for Thurman Munson !!! … I hope one day this great injustice regarding Munson will be corrected with Thurman gracing the special hallowed walls in Cooperstown, New York, along with the other all-time greats of our great game of baseball !!!
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    Greg 1969, thanks for your visit !!!
    Have a great day; and, May God also bless you !!!
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    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”
    http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

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