Yanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11 Posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3882 times:
Greetings everyone. Some of you might not know it, but tomorrow, August 2nd, is the 25th Anniversary of the Plane Crash that killed New York Yankees All-Star Catcher Thurman Munson. The crash occured in 1979, at the Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio. The plane Thurmon Munson and his friend were piloting was a Cessna Citation and the registration was N15NY. The FAA final report was that Thurman was accelerating too fast onto Runway 19 and that he had put down the landing gear too fast. With him on board was two of his friends. The two friends survived the crash, but Munson was trapped in the cockpit and unfortunatley died. For those of you who don't know who he was, Munson was the All-Star Catcher for the New York Yankees. He was one of the most in your face guys ever to play the game. He never quit and always played his heart out on the field. Munson was only 32 and was in his 11th season in the Majors when his life ended. If Munson wasn't killed, then I am cetain that he would have been int the Hall of Fame today. Munson was also the first Yankee to be captain of the team since the great Lou Gerig. The Yankees remembered Thurman Munson by retireing his number (15) and by putting up a plaque in Monument Park. Thank you for reading this post.
Uswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3718 times:
I'm a life long Yankees fan, but born after his era, but watching video of his play and interviews makes me respect Thurmon on all levels. This year at the Yanks Old Timers Day his wife threw the ceremonial first pitch and was quite emotional as she hugged his teamates including Lou Piniella, Bobby Murcer, Reggie Jackson, Ron Guidry, and the rest. But I will have lifelong respect for the man. It is thought in Payne Stewart case, which was a Lear 45 I think, that they lost cabin pressure very quickly and succumbed to it, while the plane flew on its autopilot until it ran out of fuel, being a golfer and a PGA fan, I continue to give my respect and prayers for him as well.
Yanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (10 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3644 times:
I know I am getting off the aviation side of the topic here, but I am glad tonight that ESPN Classic ran a tribute to him tonight that included Reggie Jackson's Three Home Run Game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977 and the first game in Yankee Stadium after the plane crash and the funeral that morning. Uswyjer, I like you, never got to see Thurman Munson play since I was born in 1988, but after seeing some of the great games on ESPN Classic, it really was a great ball player and someone who played the game til the last out.