Thurman Munson embodied the Yankees spirit – tough, talented, dignified – and as the franchiseʼs first captain since Lou Gehrig, he was the backbone of three World Series appearances (and two titles). Then the unthinkable happened. Although he only played nine full seasons and parts of two others, it would not be hard to fill a Hall of Fame plaque for  Thurman Munson. Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, first New York Yankees captain since Lou Gehrig, three American League pennant winners, two world championships, seven-time all-star, three Gold Gloves, .373 hitter in the World Series, a .998…

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Marty Appel

Yankees historian Marty Appel is the author of 24 books including Thurman Munson: An Autobiography (with Munson), and Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain.

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