Munson by Marty Appel
The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain

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Our captain and leader has not left us, today, tomorrow, this year, next … Our endeavors will reflect our love and admiration for him.”
—Honorary plaque to Munson in Yankee Stadium

Thurman Munson is remembered by fans as the fiercely competitive, tough, and—most of all—inspiring Yankee captain and champion from the wild Bronx Zoo years. He is also remembered for his tragic death, at age thirty-two, when the private plane he was piloting crashed in Canton, Ohio, on August 2, 1979.

Munson is the intimate biography of a complex and larger-than-life legend. Written by former Yankees public relations director Marty Appel, who worked closely with Thurman throughout his career, Munson captures the little-known details of the young man from Canton and his meteoric rise to stardom in baseball’s most storied franchise. Appel examines the tumultuous childhood that led Thurman to work feverishly to escape Canton—and also the marriage and cultural roots that continually drew him back.

Appel also opens a fascinating door on the famed Yankees of the 1970s, recounting moments and stories that have never been told before. From the clubhouse and the dugout to the front office and the owner’s box, this thoughtful baseball biography delves into the affectionately gruff captain’s relationships with friends, fans, and teammates such as Lou Piniella, Bobby Murcer, Graig Nettles, and Reggie Jackson, as well as his colorful dealings with manager Billy Martin and his surprisingly close bond with owner George Steinbrenner. Munson paints a revealing portrait of a private Yankee superstar, as well as a nostalgic and revelatory look at the culture—and amazing highs and lows—of the 1970s New York Yankees teams. More than a biography, Munson is the definitive account of a champion who has not been forgotten and of the era he helped define—written with the intimate detail available only to a true insider.

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About Marty Appel

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Following his years as the Yankees' PR director, Marty Appel became an Emmy Award-winning television producer and coauthored Munson's bestselling autobiography, as well as a number of other books. Appel lives in New York City and appears frequently on YES Network, ESPN, MLB, and HBO.
Published July 1, 2009 by Anchor. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Appel does not shy from comparing Munson with fallen former Presidents McKinley (also from Canton) and JFK, and he glosses over the darker moments in his subject’s life, including a night in the Yankee parking lot when he fired his handgun at persons he thought had vandalized a teammate’s car.

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After Wednesday's night game, the team flew back to Newark Airport, but Munson caught a ride to Palwaukee Airport north of Chicago and flew his new Cessna Citation to Canton, Ohio.

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Bleacher Report

Whether you know much about Thurmon Munson or if you know about what I knew going into it, you'll find interesting stories as well as the names that you know from the Bronx Zoo days of the Yankees.

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Bleacher Report

This was one of the freebies, but it should be noted that had I gotten this book for free or paid twice the cover price it would not have changed my opinion of this book in any way.

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However, it's Appel's description of Munson off the field that gives the readers a different look at Thurman Munson, the man.

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