Sport: The Pride of the Yankees

Thurman Munson: 1947-1979

He was a sepia-tinted photograph in a color-television age, a throwback to the time when ballplayers wore baggy wool flannel uniforms and played cards on lonesome train rides through the night. His square shape and scowling countenance served him poorly off the field. He could deliver the winning hit but not the winsome quote, and thus suffered in the game of personality hype, the game that, sadly, often seems to count most.

Last week Yankee Catcher Thurman Munson, 32, was killed in a plane crash near Canton, Ohio, and quickly received...

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