Today is the 30th anniversary of the death of Thurman Munson.
Yes, I know this is a Mets blog but it’s also my blog, and “Thurm” was, hands-down, my favorite baseball player of all time — and the reason I chose to don the “tools of ignorance”. (John Stearns and Jerry Grote are also high on the list — all three were cut from a similar mold.) But enough about me, this is about Munson. If you did not have the opportunity to see Thurman Munson attack, absorb, and often dominate a baseball game, I urge you to seek out old Yankees videos from the 1970s and consider getting Marty Appel’s recent biography Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain. Plain and simple, he played the game the way it was supposed to be played.
In the meantime, you can read John Delcos’ recent blog entry about Thurman to get an inkling of the kind of man and player he was (see, I’m not the only Mets blogger recognizing the former Yankee captain!)
About the Author
Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.