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Welcome to Thurman Munson Should Be In The Hall Of Fame! This site is dedicated to my childhood idol, the late, great Thurman Munson. Since I’ve loved the Yankees since 1968, I will also use this site to analyze, strategize, vent and discuss through commentary on the state of the greatest team in professional sports history. Enjoy the site and come back often!
When I was growing up, Thurman Munson was an inspiration to me, both as an athlete and as a real man’s man.
Thurman Munson played the game of baseball with incredible fire and determination. He often played hurt, sometimes being hardly able to stand up from crouching behind the plate. Such was his tenacity, however, that he stubbornly stayed in the line up day in, day out. His offensive production is legendary, as was his ability to produce clutch hits. Thurman Munson was the first catcher since the 1800’s to bat .300 and drive in 100 runs for three consecutive seasons. Bench didn’t do it, Fisk didn’t do it, Carter, Fosse, or anyone else. Thurman Munson was an accomplished defensive player, who played the position in an unorthodox manner, truly making the profession his own. Munson is regarded by ALL who played with and against him as one of the greatest catchers of his era and of all time. Thurman Munson should be in the Hall of Fame, and it’s a shameful travesty that he has not been so honored!
Thurman Munson was an inspirational icon to me off of the field, as well. A dedicated, private family man, Thurman showed a glimpse of what a "dad" should be to this boy from East Brunswick. I had grown up wanting to follow in his footsteps to be the next great Yankee catcher–I learned that I could also emulate his awesome dedication to his lovely wife and children.
In 1979, I was so excited to get his autograph! Eight days later God took him. I still have the autographed picture hanging in the front of my comic book store. Every morning when I come into the shop his picture greets me, my beautiful wife of twenty years and my three adored daughters. He still inspires me.