Thirty-four years ago today, Thurman Munson was killed in a plane crash near his home in Ohio. The Yankees had an off-day and he was practicing take-offs and landings when he apparently came in too low, clipped a tree, and fell short of the runway. Two others survived the crash.
Munson was before my time, so all I know about him is what I’ve read and heard in stories. This day passes each year and it’s hard to connect, but it isn’t hard to see how beloved he was. He wasn’t named the team’s first captain since Lou Gehrig by accident. Munson was one of the greatest Yankees to ever play, and it’s a tragedy any time baseball and death cross paths.
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Here is your open thread for the evening. The Yankees are out on the West Coast to play the Padres and the regular game thread will be along in a few hours. The Mets are playing the Royals (Gee vs. Davis), plus MLB Network will air a game as well. Talk about either game or anything you like here. Go nuts.