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Remembering Thurman Munson: 1947-1979

by Josh K / August 1, 2004 11:16 PM PDT

25 years ago today, All-Star catcher (and Yankees team captain) Thurman Munson was killed in the crash of his private plane. He was practicing "touch and go" maneuvers in his hometown of Canton, OH when his plane crashed. Munson had taken up flying so that he could commute between his home and the Bronx and have more time with his family during the baseball season.

A story here.

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Wow! 25 years ...
by Evie / August 1, 2004 11:21 PM PDT

... I remember it like it was yesterday.

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Re: Wow! 25 years ...
by Josh K / August 1, 2004 11:25 PM PDT
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I'm glad this is something we can agree 100% on. I still can't watch his Yankeeography without getting all choked up.

If you've never done it, I recommend taking the Yankee Stadium tour one day when the team is on the road. The tour includes a clubhouse visit. Munson's locker remains unoccupied to this day, and is marked with a simple "15" marking who it once belonged to. It's right next to Jeter's locker.

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Re: Wow! 25 years ...
by Evie / August 1, 2004 11:41 PM PDT
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Thanks for the tip, next time we are in the Bronx I'll look into it. I think I've seen that Yankeeography a thousand times (well that might be a slight exaggeration ;)), and I too can't make it through without getting teary eyed. That is quite a tribute.

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