“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?

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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.

 from the book “Thurman Munson “by Christopher Devine (2001)

Thurman Munson Quotes
He was the leader of the team that had been to the WORLD SERIES 3 years in a row and won the last 2. He'd been the MVP in 1976 and was just a well respected player throughout the league and certainly one of the best competitors in the league. One of the best I'd ever played against. Definitely the leader of the Yankees.
Ken Singleton (2016)
In all the years I've played this game, he is the finest competitor I have ever seen, the most professional, the best example of a team player.
Lou Piniella (2012)
Munson was without question the most intelligent catcher in the American League, with a great sense of command of calling pitches and an ability to both challenge and calm the pitchers he worked with....He was the guy at the top of the dugout steps cheering his teammates on, the guy who led the team into battle when the benches cleared. He was the player the Yankees rallied behind....
Bill White (2011)
Four of the top 21 catchers of all time were born in 1947” - Bench, Fisk, Boone, and Munson.
Bill James (2003)
He had an uncanny ability, unlike any teammates that I have played with, to share a laugh or humorous moment on the field during pressure moments. Even in World Series play, he always had a way about him that kept the players calm and enabled us all to be the best we could be on the field. Although Thurman always managed to keep the mood relaxed, he also epitomized the way in which the game should be played, giving maximum effort at all times and coming through in the clutch almost routinely. Thurman was the greatest catcher I ever threw to. While I was fortunate to play with many great players, he was my favorite teammate of my career.
Goose Gossage (2000)
Thurman played harder than any man I've ever met. He played in pain. He played with purpose. Most of all he brought out the best in those around him.
Catfish Hunter (1988)
The resurgence of the Yankees as winners was due to one man's efforts in particular and that man was Thurman Munson.
Carlton Fisk (1980)
Someday the Yankees are going to come up with a catcher again who'll hit .300 and drive in a hundred runs, but they'll never come up with another THURMAN MUNSON, the man.
Tony Kubek (1979)
If there's one guy on this team you don't want out of your lineup, it's Thurman. I'd say he's the best ballplayer on the team, a man who can do everything and do it well...Thurman's a first rate guy and class individual.
Elston Howard (1978)
Thurman Munson is probably the best clutch hitter in baseball
Tommy Lasorda (1978)
Of all of the Yankee hitters, Thurman Munson was the one who scared me the most when he came up to bat. He had that swing and that heart. He was just totally clutch
Charlie Lau (1978)
I have never met such a man who led by example and backed it up time after time. Thurman was passed the torch from Yankee catching royalty, Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, & Elston Howard. He was a Captain, a champion, and a friend. Thank you #15. It was an honor.
Sparky Lyle
THURMAN MUNSON was great. He could hit, hit for power, field, throw, run. He could beat you in so many ways and he would do just that. It all just runs together. He was unreal.
Frank Robinson