Friday, April 6, 2012

A Memory: Thurman Munson

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I remember back as a kid sitting on the living room floor in front of the TV next to my dad watching baseball. My dad was a Yankees fan, and thus, so was I. My childhood sports hero was Thurman Munson, catcher for the NY Yankees. I still remember the August day when I heard on the radio that he'd died in a plane crash.

I remember him as a tough, fair-minded, never-give-up player. I kind of wonder how he'd fit into or look at the Major League today.

I've included below a portion of a program that talks about Munson. Wish there were more athletes out there like him.

4 comments:

  1. What a sad thing to happen. More athletes like that would surely make the world a better place!

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    1. Yes, Angie, I very much agree on both counts.

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  2. I think there is a tendency, especially as we get older, to cleanse our memories by glorifying the good and forgetting the bad.

    For example, Thurman Munson carried himself with integrity and professionalism. At the same time, another famous player, Pete Rose, broke cardinal rules of baseball. Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's all-time home-run record with honest skill and talent, but young players like Mark McGuire and Reggie Jackson injected steroids to enhance their strength.

    There are plenty of documented skeletons in the baseball closet that we tend to wash out of our minds. Then, only the cream of the past crop gets compared to all of today's players. Just thinking out loud, but I agree that Munson WAS one of the best.

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    1. What you discuss is a large part of why I don't follow major league baseball like I used to years ago, DS Sault.

      Sports would definately benefit from more like Munson today.

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