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Thurman Munson Last Game Photo; 11x14 Framed
This sad yet amazing photograph was captured in what would be the last game Thurman Munson played before his tragic passing the next day.
It was August 1, 1979 at old Comisnkey Park in Chicago. Top of the first inning. After a Wille Randolph groundout, Bobby Murcer walked and then was caught stealing, and Munson walked. Reggie Jackson hammered one over the centerfield wall, scoring Thurman.
The on-deck hitter Lou Pinella (14) congratulated Reggie at the plate, as Munson awaited Jackson for a handshake. Sweet Lou would also crush an offering from White Sox hurler Ken Kravec over the leftfield wall for a 3-0 Yankee lead.
August 2nd was an off day before the team returned to New York, and Munson returned to his home outside of Canton, Ohio to practice take-offs and landings with his new prized possession, a Cessna Citation. A fiery crash, deemed human error by the NTSB, claimed the life of the 32-year old Yankee superstar. His name and legend lives on, well beyond the empty locker in the Yankees clubhouse which bears his name to this day.
To those of us who lived through that era, and those who came of age when the Yankees finally shook off a decade of frustration to return to the pinnacle of baseball will never forget Thurman Munson.
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