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By Marty Appel

Our captain and chief has no longer left us, this day, the following day, this 12 months, subsequent … Our endeavors will replicate our love and admiration for him.”
—Honorary plaque to Munson in Yankee Stadium

Thurman Munson is remembered by way of fanatics because the fiercely aggressive, difficult, and—most of all—inspiring Yankee captain and champion from the wild Bronx Zoo years. he's additionally remembered for his tragic demise, at age thirty-two, while the non-public airplane he was once piloting crashed in Canton, Ohio, on August 2, 1979.

Munson is the intimate biography of a posh and larger-than-life legend. Written by way of former Yankees public kinfolk director Marty Appel, who labored heavily with Thurman all through his occupation, Munson captures the little-known information of the younger guy from Canton and his meteoric upward thrust to stardom in baseball’s so much storied franchise. Appel examines the tumultuous adolescence that led Thurman to paintings feverishly to flee Canton—and additionally the wedding and cultural roots that continuously drew him back.

Appel additionally opens a desirable door at the famed Yankees of the Nineteen Seventies, recounting moments and tales that experience by no means been informed earlier than. From the clubhouse and the dugout to front place of work and the owner’s field, this considerate baseball biography delves into the affectionately gruff captain’s relationships with associates, enthusiasts, and teammates reminiscent of Lou Piniella, Bobby Murcer, Graig Nettles, and Reggie Jackson, in addition to his colourful dealings with supervisor Billy Martin and his strangely shut bond with proprietor George Steinbrenner. Munson paints a revealing portrait of a personal Yankee megastar, in addition to a nostalgic and revelatory examine the culture—and outstanding highs and lows—of the Seventies long island Yankees groups. greater than a biography, Munson is the definitive account of a champion who has now not been forgotten and of the period he helped define—written with the intimate aspect on hand in simple terms to a real insider.

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