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A STARTLING CALL

Marty Appel and Thurman Munson in the 1970s. Appel co-authored Munsonʼs autobiography.

On August 2, 1979, Marty Appel was working as a public relations rep at MLB headquarters in Rockefeller Center when the phone rang. It was after 5 p.m., and by then most of the staff had gone home. Marty picked up the phone. On the other end of the line was Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

“He said he needed to be put through to the Commissioner at once,” Appel recalls. “[He said] there had been a terrible accident and Thurman had been killed.” Thurman Munson gone?

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THE 1911 T5 PINKERTON CABINET CARD A HIGHLIGHT OF 2019 SUMMER AUCTION
SUPER 7 WANTS OLD LOOK, NEW COLLECTORS
Thurman Munson embodied the Yankees spirit – tough, talented, dignified – and as the franchiseʼs first captain since Lou Gehrig, he was the backbone of three World Series appearances (and two titles). Then the unthinkable happened.
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