By Christopher Devine
ready that calls for the strapping on of sizzling, awkward apparatus and the torturous alternation of status and squatting, so much catchers fight to keep up electrolytes, not to mention a decent batting commonplace. it really is, actually, a place so not easy, that males deemed stable ball-handlers or pitcher confidants may well hold on within the great leagues for years regardless of their drag on a team’s offensive construction. Munson, like Fisk and nationwide Leaguer Johnny Bench, used to be a tough-as-nails backstop, a Gold Glove winner, and the unquestioned chief of his staff. Like Bench and Fisk, too, although to a lesser measure, Munson had domestic run energy. however the Yankee captain used to be in, no less than one admire, an excellent rarer breed of catcher—one who manages regardless of the actual and psychological calls for of his place to complete every year someplace close to the .300 mark. Munson, who ranked within the best 10 between A.L. hitters 5 of the 9 complete seasons he performed, was once largely one in all his generation’s nice seize hitters.
whilst the big name catcher died at age 32, he was once nonetheless in his best, and it sort of feels transparent to many who on August 2, 1979, misfortune denied Munson his position in Cooperstown. Outlived by way of his contemporaries, who went directly to submit extra extraordinary occupation numbers, and now overshadowed by way of the accomplishments of catchers from the present batter-biased period, Munson’s percentages for attractiveness develop more and more faint.
yet for all of the praiseworthy issues he did at the box in his brief occupation, Thurman Munson comprehensive as a lot in among the innings and video games he worked via. And it would be his impression for which he’s eventually remembered. during this paintings, writer Chris Devine will pay distinct cognizance to Munson as teammate, buddy, husband, and father.
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Thurman Munson: A Baseball Biography by Christopher Devine