“Thurman Munson was the glue that held the Yankees pitching staff together during those championship years. He was a fierce competitor who was beloved by everyone on those teams. His greatness cannot be measured by batting average and home runs alone. Without him, the Yankees do not win those pennants and championships. Thurman– and Billy Martin– should join Catfish Hunter and Reggie Jackson on the wall of the baseball Hall of Fame.”
– Peter Golenbock
During the 1970s, Thurman Munson was among the top three catchers in major league baseball. He was named to seven all-star teams, respected by his peers and was the heart and soul of the Yankee championship teams of that era. When viewed through the prism of modern baseball analytics, Thurman Munson had an incredible decade of dominance from 1970 to 1979 that matches up with other catchers in the hall of fame.
Munson HOF has been formed to launch a campaign to have Munson inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019- the 40th anniversary of his tragic death. We will be contacting former players, sportswriters and broadcasters and baseball executives to support this effort. What can you do?
Volunteer to identify and contact former players and media that you know to enlist their support.
The Munson HOF Committee (and the Munson family) deeply appreciate the financial support that you all have given on the Change.org website. These donations helped promote the petition.
With the official launch of the Munson HOF campaign that was announced by Yankee broadcaster Michael Kay at the annual Thurman Munson Awards dinner on Feb 4th, we have moved to the next phase of the campaign. As part of this effort, we plan to produce a professional video to help promote the Munson HOF campaign. We have created a GoFundMe Campaign to raise funds to support this project. You can contribute to this project at https://www.gofundme.com/thurman-munson-hall-of-fame-committee. We will post the video on the website when it is completed.
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The following pages set forth the statistical and analytical basis for why Thurman Munson belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The time has come to correct this oversight while his widow and former teammates could enjoy the recognition he so deserves
When in 2000 the Baseball Writers Association of America elected the ever-durable Carlton Fisk to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, many fans quietly pointed to the Hall’s omission of Fisk’ greatest American League contemporary, Thurman Munson. And when in 2001 the writers honored Kirby Puckett, the Twins star forced to retire with glaucoma after a brilliant but brief 12-year career, the same fans began to raise their voices in support of Munson, another short-timer who was once the toast of his team’s hometown.
Munson, like Fisk and National Leaguer Johnny Bench, was a tough-as-nails backstop, a Gold Glove winner, and the unquestioned leader of his team. Like Bench and Fisk, too, though to a lesser degree, Munson had home run power. But the Yankee captain was in, at least one respect, an even rarer breed of catcher—one who manages despite the physical and mental demands of his position to finish each year somewhere near the .300 mark. Munson, who ranked in the top 10 among A.L. hitters five of the nine full seasons he played, was widely considered one of his generation’s great clutch hitters.
When the star catcher died at age 32, he was still in his prime, and it seems clear to many that on August 2, 1979, misfortune denied Munson his place in Cooperstown. Outlived by his contemporaries, who went on to post more impressive career numbers, and now overshadowed by the accomplishments of catchers from the current batter-biased era, Munson’s chances for recognition grow increasingly faint. But for all the praiseworthy things he did on the field in his short career, Thurman Munson accomplished as much in between the innings and games he labored through. And it might be his influence for which he’s ultimately remembered.