The next player showcased in my 1975 “In Action” thread is none other than Yankee catching legend Thurman Munson, who was right in the middle of a brilliant career run in 1975:
The 1975 season would produce the first of three consecutive 100-RBI
seasons for Munson while also batting above .300, while also bringing
him his third straight Gold Glove Award.
The all-star catcher would go on to nab the American League Most
Valuable Player Award the following year, while moving on to two
straight World Series championships in 1977 and 1978.
Sadly, as we are all too aware, tragedy would strike in August of 1979
when Munson was killed while piloting his private plane on an off-day in
Ohio, breaking the hearts of many a baseball fan in New York City,
including yours truly.
Still only 32 years of age, we can only wonder where Munson’s career
could have taken him had he lived to play well into the 1980’s.
“The Captain”, R.I.P.