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Thurman Munson Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

THURMAN MUNSON
Born: June 7, 1947 in Akron, Ohio
Died: August 2, 1979 in Canton, Ohio
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 11" Weight: 190
First Game: August 8, 1969 ; Final Game: August 1, 1979
Awards and Achievements
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1976)
Named AL Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1976)
Named AL Rookie of the Year by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1970)
Named catcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1973 to 1976)
Won AL Gold Glove as catcher (1973 to 1975)
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Thurman Munson
This article was written by Jimmy Keenan and Frank Russo and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Throughout the 20th century and to the present, numerous luminary figures have gained everlasting fame as members of the storied New York Yankee franchise. Starting with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the 1920s, icons like Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford became household names during their illustrious careers. Every decade produced great Yankee stars, and in the early 1970s two stood out among their peers. Bobby Murcer, the sweet swinging outfielder from Oklahoma, was one of these notable players and the other was a scrappy young catcher from Ohio named Thurman Munson. Murcer and Munson were the link between the famous Yankees of old and the future greats that would gain prominence in the years that followed.    

When shipping magnate George Steinbrenner purchased the Yankees in 1973, the new owner took it upon himself to instill a winning attitude among the players. The ballclub, which had not been to the World Series since 1964, would eventually respond. Murcer would not be around to see it as he was traded to San Francisco in 1975, but Munson, who was elected captain of the team the following year, played a key role in the Yankees' resurgence.

From 1976 through 1978, the Bronx Bombers won a pair of World Series titles and three American League pennants. Munson's outstanding all-around play on the diamond, as well as his leadership on and off of the field, contributed greatly to all of these championships. Unfortunately for the Yankees' star catcher, he would not be able to enjoy these well-earned accomplishments for long, as his life was cut short at the pinnacle of his outstanding career.

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