The Yankees lost their captain in a plane crash in Canton, Ohio.

His name was Thurman Munson.

He was synonymous with the Yankee championship years of the 1970s — hard worker, embraced the Yankee tradition, and led by example. His death reverberated through the professional sport — especially his arch-nemesis on the field, the Red Sox’s Carlton Fisk. Both brought out the best in each other, and when Munson died, Fisk had some good words for his opponent.

Wherever you are in Yankee Universe, take a moment of silence in memory of #15.
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