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Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain

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Our captain and leader has not left us, today, tomorrow, this year, next … Our endeavors will reflect our love and admiration for him.”
—Honorary plaque to Munson in Yankee Stadium

Thurman Munson is remembered by fans as the fiercely competitive, tough, and—most of all—inspiring Yankee captain and champion from the wild Bronx Zoo years. He is also remembered for his tragic d
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thurman Munson = a hard working ballplayer, with talent, with compassion, a ball players player, a team player extraordinaire, a lover of life, his family and most important of all - being a Yankee. A very moving story that will captivate any reader who appreciates good work ethic, family values and a damn good sense of humor.
M. Milner
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
As a player, Munson represented the gritty everyday kind of persona. He played through injuries, logging time at the demanding role of catcher. In his lifetime, he was seen as gruff, blue collar, a regular kind of guy. Needless to say, he resonated with a lot of fans. It’s too bad only glimpses of this man come across in Marty Appel’s biography.

Appel had a unique relationship with his subject. For most of the 1970s, Appel was Public Relations director for the Yankees. And in 1978, he worked with
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the fastest and riveting reads I've had in a long time. I couldn't put the book down once I got started on it and I spent most of my DC commuting time focused on its pages. I was at Fort Bragg, NC when I got the news of Munson's tragic accident, but I never really got the full story about how it happenned and the impact it played on future Yankees teams. Marty Appel did an amazing job on this book -- although I felt the Jerry Anderson-Tom Rinaldi interview was a little too much for the bo ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book counts as 1

this book is about therman munson, a yankee, a yankee captain and a all time yankee great. this book shows us who he was as a person and talks about him on and off the field.

during this book, it talks a lot about the 1977, 78 and 76 seasons. it talks about how munson won the american league most valuable player. it describes the 1977 world series on how they won, how they beat the dodgers then same in 1978. it also sums ups his problems with reggie jackson. something that
Jul 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a straight-ahead biography of one of New York's favorite sons - Thurman Munson. His hustle, grit, determination to win packed into an average body type made him a favorite amongst Yankee fans. Munson was a true American "gamer", who seemed to come through in clutch situations all too frequently. His memory is still alive and well today, and any visit to Yankee Stadium will result in seeing dozens of Munson T-Shirts. This book does justice to the complexity of the man, and the things that ...more
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard of this book on a sports radio talk show about the Yankees. I thought it was going to be a good book because I am a catcher and I love baseball. I think this author wanted us to take away from this book that a true hero for the Yankees died in a terrible accident and no one really acknowledges that fact anymore. I would recommend this book to any die hard baseball fan becuase of the information it gives you about a great baseball player. I learned that Thurman Munson was a true all aroun ...more
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Riveting! Thurmon Munson was a Yankee and this alone should have turned me against the man and this book. But, Munson was also an Ohioan and a dedicated one at that!

This was a fascinating look at the life and death of Thurmon Munson. Munson was killed on August 2, 1979 when the Cessna he was piloting crashed just short of the runway at Akron-Canton Regional Airport.

I am amazed by the people he played ball with and those who were good friends. I spent quality time at my local library digging up m
this book is about a star yankee thurmun munson he was an amazing cathcer and literally everyone who was a yankee fan loved this man. he could have possibly been a hall of fame player but tradically he died in a plane crash and devistated all of baseball players and fans. Thurmun munson will always be remembered by the yankees, mlb and the fans. i never got to watch thurmun but by reading this book and hearing his life to death i know i would have liked him
David Pomerico
I always wanted to know more about Munson, but I have to say that Appel is not the best writer. The story is all over the place, probably because he realized that Munson's career wasn't that long and, ultimately, he was a pretty bland character. I think there are probably better books about the era (I really want to read "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning" now), and I just couldn't help be disappointed by someone who had been such a mythical figure for me as a Yankees fan.
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fitting and complete tribute to the Yankee captain, number 15. Marty Appel knew Munson well in life, helping him to write his autobiography. What is fascinating about this book is that it tells about his family, birth, growing up, superstardom, death, and post-mortem. The book quotes famous athletes, celebrities, and Munson's friends and family. Well-done with respect and class, this book makes you feel like you were there.
Daniel Nelson
Mar 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by the former PR director for the New York Yankees, Marty Appel. Here you get an insiders view of the Yankee captain, Thurman Munson. I've always been intrigued by sports figures that are beloved as Munson was, yet their actions often paint a picture of conflicted individuals. Here you get a wide ranging view of a terrific ball player, leader and family man mixed with baseball, controversy, and even a little drama.
Aug 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting to me because of Thurman Munson's connections to Canton, Ohio, where I lived for about a decade. Also interesting were the connections in modern baseball to the Yankees and Mets teams of the 1970's. Appel's storytelling was sometimes hard to follow, but overall it was an enjoyable read. Those who don't like baseball or biographies probably would not enjoy this book.
Riley Cooper
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It makes sense that Munson's biographer before the tragic accident would be a good person to write the definitive biography afterwards. Appel covers all the bases in a rather short life. The author also describes the circumstances of the crash in great detail. This is a far better book than I had expected. Well worth the time.
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read for NY Yankee fans especially those fans of the 1970s. Thurman Munson was the first NY Yankee Captain since Lou Gehrig. His work ethics and determination pulled the Yankees out of a long slump from previous World Series. The author gave me more insight and details that led to his tragic death.
Don LaFountaine
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. It is a must read for any and all Yankee fans. It is also a must read for any baseball fan, including Red Sox fans. Marty Appel wrote a wonderful book and I learned a few new things about Thurman Munson.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Enlightening and interesting, especially for those who remember the Yankees of Munson's time. Many good details on his childhood, too. The author does come across as overly kind toward his subject, however (which makes sense given his friendship with Munson).
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very interesting account of the Yankee catcher, Thurman Munson whose life ended tragically in a plane crash. If you are a Yankee fan [which I'm not:] especially during the 70's I believe you will enjoy this book even more than I did.
A candid biography of Yankee Captain Thurman Munson who was killed in a plane crash at only 32. A good look at Thurman’s troubled childhood, his career with the Yankees his death and his aftermath.
Doug Probst
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tough, quiet leader. Although I'm an Indians fan, it, was easy to respect him as a player, leader and person. Great to get an 'off the field' view of the Yankees during an incredible time of their history.
Keith McGowan
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
I would only recommend this book to die hard Yankee fans as there was very little criticism, only praise.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have always been a fan of Munson.
Great book.
The chapter regarding his crash is very moving.
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic biography of Thurman Munson -- lots of details on his childhood and plane crash not previously written about.
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why I wanted to read this book (I am a Red Sox fan) and I don't like Munson any more than before. But I guess I respect him as a competitor and wish the ending had been different.
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im not a Yankee fan at all, but after watching The Brox is Burning i thought i would read about Munson. I never seen him play but by what i read Muson was a hard working captain.
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story of a primary player in the Yankee history. I was just a kid when all this was happening. It was great to get a behind the scene look at the headlines I remember from my youth.
Sean Asbury
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was a good read about Thurm but I felt that the author projected himself in to the story too often
Daniel DeLappe
I read the first book this guy wrote on Munson. There is little to no difference between the two. Very shallow and boring.
Melissa Loucks
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed reading this book because as a Yankee's fan I did not get to see that generation of yankee players so it was great to read about them.
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I HATE the Yankees....but, i respect, this guy
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