I remember seeing the headline on August 2nd, 1979 but it just didn’t sink in for a long time as I was only 10 years old when Thurman Munson died in a plane crash in Canton, Ohio. Munson was quite a loss both on and off the field for the Yankees as he was the team captain for a while. I remember when the Yankees acquired Reggie Jackson from the A’s as Munson and he never seemed to get along. Munson burst onto the scene for the Yankees in 1970 when he won the Rookie of the Year Award. He played in 132 games in 1970 for the Yankees and he was 137 of 453 (.302 avg, .801 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 6 homers, 53 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Munson then won the MVP Award in the American League in 1976 when he played in 152 games for the Yankees in which he was 186 of 616 (.302 avg, .769 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 17 homers, 105 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. Munson was a 7-time All-Star with the Yankees and he won 3 Gold Gloves. Munson played in 1,423 games in his 11 years with the Yanks and he was 1,558 of 5,903 (.292 avg, .756 OPS) with 696 runs scored, 113 homers, 701 RBIs and 48 stolen bases. Munson might be gone but he will never be forgotten in New York as he was one of the best catchers in team history.