|This superb catcher was star right off the bat and was voted Rookie of the Year in 1969. Munson helped the Yankees win three pennants by hitting .339 in the league championship playoffs and he averaged .373 in his first three World Series performances. In the 1976 league championship against Kansas City; Munson hit .435; and continued his hot hitting into the World Series. In the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, Munson batted .529.
Thurmon Munson was the Yankee's catcher, team captain and spark plug in the entire 1970's. He was selected the Most Valuable Player in 1976. Munson hit over .300 and had over 100 RBI's in three straight seasons. Thurmon performed extraordinary feats, his rapid throws to second base with his quick release cut down many base runners attempting to steal. He won three Glove Gloves Awards. This outstanding catcher was playing for the Yankees when he died in a plane crash.