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August 2nd: 25th Anniversary Of Munson Crash  
User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 12
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 3430 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.


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User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3389 times:

I thought that Munson had a twin engine cessna, (300 series) and that they got too high and sucummed to hypoxia. (?)

User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3373 times:

OK, I just did a search and I was wrong. I don't know who I am thinking of.

User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3276 times:

Sorry Guys, I typed it up wrong. When I said he dropped the landing gear too fast, I meant too late.


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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13475 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3271 times:
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OK, I just did a search and I was wrong. I don't know who I am thinking of.

Were you confusing him with Payne Stewart?


I remember the day Thurman Munson died - the entire NY media went into overdrive with the event.



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User currently offlineUswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3266 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.
-Jeremy


User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2413 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3236 times:

I believe that the crash was attributed to pilot error.
Someone with more money than flying ability.



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User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1336 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

Eventough I am an Oriole fan I remember that day as a very sad day. I pray for his family and his friends at this tough time.


God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3192 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.


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