When you think of the number six, what do you think about? You probably will think about death, unluckiness, or the devil right? Well, right now when I think of the number six I think of the latest leaders, happiness, and the Yankees sixth captain, the late, beloved, Thurman Munson. Since I placed six in the latest leaders I would like to dedicated my ranking to the great Thurman Munson.
Thurman Munson was born on June 7th, 1947 in Akron, Ohio to Darryl Munson and Ruth Smylie. He was a standout in baseball as well as basketball and football. After he graduated from Lehman High School in Canton, he opted to attend Kent State University where he was a teammate of pitcher and broadcaster Steve Stone.
In 1970, Mr.Munson was named the AL Rookie of the Year after hitting .302 with 7 homeruns and 53 R.B.I.’s. Six years later Thurman won the A.L. MVP award, fitting .302 with 17 homeruns and 105 RBI’s. That year Munson also swiped 14 bases and to this day, is the only Yankee ever to win the AL MVP and the AL Rookie of the Year.
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Thurman Munson won 3 straight gold gloves from 1973 to 1975 and helped lead the Yankees to 3 consecutive World Series starting in 1976. He ended up being a 7 time All- Star over his 10 year career and he hit 113 homeruns, drove in 701 runners, and hit to the clip of a .292 batting average. He became the first captain since Lou Gehrig during his career, and he was the 6th Yankee captain ever.
Thurman Munson “retired” in 1979, when his plane crashed during practice takeoffs and he died of asphyxlation rather than injuries sustained by impacts or burns. Immediately after Munson’s death, George Steinbrenner announced that Munson’s number was being retired and on September 20th of 1980 a plaque in Monument Park was dedicated to him.
Long live our Captain!