Remembering a Yankee Legend
by Alex Garrett
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 34 years ago today on August 2nd, 1979, his 11 years 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.