August 2nd, 2009 marked the 30th anniversary of Thurman's death. It's hard to believe that it has been that long.

Many baseball fans feel that Thurman Munson justifiably deserves his place in baseball history. The purpose of this website is to encourage people to send letters to a National Baseball Hall of Fame Veterans Committee member to urge them to vote Thurman Munson into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Besides Thurman Munson being one of my favorite players of all time, putting my bias aside, I think he should definitely be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Thurman Munson was tragically killed in a plane crash on August 2, 1979 at the young age of 32. At the time of his death he was one of the best catchers in Major League Baseball.

The highlights and accomplishments of Thurman Munson's career include:

  (1) Thurman Munson was the American League Rookie of the Year
         in 1970 when he batted .302.

  (2) Munson was the 1976 American League Most Valuable Player.

  (3) Thurman Munson was in three World Series: 1976, 1977, and   
        1978. Munson hit .529,.320 and .320 in those World Series
        respectively for an overall World Series average of .373.

  (4) Thurman was the first Yankee player since "The Yankee
        Clipper" Joe DiMaggio to hit .300 or more and have 100 or more 
        RBI's three years in a row:

        1975: .318 BA, 102 RBI
        1976: .302 BA, 105 RBI
        1977: .308 BA, 100 RBI

  (5) Thurman Munson was an American League All-Star catcher seven
        times.

  (6) Munson hit over the .300 mark five times in his career.

  (7) Thurman Munson won 3 Gold Glove Awards in 1973, 1974, and
        1975.

  (8) Thurman became the Captain of the New York Yankees in 1976,
        the first captain of the Yankees since Lou Gehrig in the 1930's.

  (9) Thurman Munson had a Lifetime Batting Average of .292.

 (10) The NY Yankees honored Thurman Munson by retiring his uniform          number 15 and placing a memorial plaque in Monument Park in
         Yankee Stadium where he joined other Yankee greats such as
         Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

During his era he was one of the best catchers, Johnny Bench being the best and the other two being Thurman Munson and Carlton Fisk, and all are in the Hall of Fame except Munson. An argument can be made that during the years Thurman Munson and Fisk played, Munson was a better all around catcher both offensively and defensively. Munson's lifetime statistics also compare very favorably to Hall of Fame Catcher Roy Campanella whose career was also ended prematurely. Thurman Munson had a Lifetime Batting Average of .292 and Roy Campanella had a Lifetime Batting Average of .276. In fact Thurman Munson has a higher lifetime batting average then Hall of Fame Catchers Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Johnny Bench, and Carlton Fisk!

Please send letters to your favorite player Member(s) of the Veterans Committee to the following address urging them to vote Thurman in.

The more letters sent the better. Two examples of how you would address letters to both Goose Gossage and Yogi Berra:

        Goose Gossage
        c/o National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
        25 Main Street
        P.O. Box 590
        Cooperstown, NY  13326


        Yogi Berra
        c/o National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
        25 Main Street
        P.O. Box 590
        Cooperstown, NY  13326

Or you can send an E-mail to the Hall of Fame.

For more information about this website please send an E-mail to
Terry Fudin at
15@VoteThurmanIn.com




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