Paying tribute to a fallen Yankee captain

No one who tuned in to watch the Yankees on August 3, 1979 will ever forget the emotional pre-game ceremony honor of Thurman Munson. The team captain and catcher died two days earlier after the Cessna he was piloting lost altitude and crashed in his home city of Canton, Ohio.

ThurmanmunsontributePhoto: Anthony Casale/Daily News

Only eight Yankees took the field, leaving the catcher’s box empty. Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York at the time, gave the invocation, and fans cheered for a full 10 minutes after Munson’s picture appeared on the scoreboard.

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