August 2nd, 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary that
Thurman Munson was tragically killed in a plane crash at the young age of 32. It's hard to believe that it has been that long.
At the time of his death he was one of the best catchers in Major League Baseball.
Many baseball fans feel that Thurman Munson justifiably deserves his place in baseball history. The purpose of this
website is to help Thurman Munson get elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame which is way overdue. The first
step is to get Thurman on the ballot. The National Baseball Hall of Fame Historical Overview Committee is responsible for
selecting the names for the ballot and usually complete the ballot in September 2019. There is a link to a petition below.
Please sign the petition and tell us in your own words why you think that Thurman Munson belongs in the National Baseball
Hall of Fame. After you sign the petition, ask your friends and family to sign it. The petition will be submittied to the Historical
Overview Committee in August 2019 as part of our final push to get Thurman selected to the Ballot. The ballot will be considered
in December 2019 by the Modern Baseball Era Committee (the Old Timers Committee).
The highlights and accomplishments of Thurman Munson's career which support his National Baseball Hall of Fame inclusion:
(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:
(5) Thurman Munson was an American League All-Star catcher
(6) Munson hit over the .300 mark five times in his career.
(7) Thurman Munson won 3 Gold Glove Awards in 1973, 1974, and
(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!