May 11, 2021

A closing case for Thurman Munson (New York Post)


Time has come today.

For there is a fresh analytical look at Thurman Munson’s career and sturdy postseason numbers to prove he is worthy of the Hall of Fame.

Larry Schnapf, a Manhattan-based environmental lawyer, is leading the charge as co-chair of the Thurman Munson Hall of Fame Committee (www.munsonHOF.com). The group put together an exhaustive breakdown of Munson’s career, which ended much too early at the age of 32, when he died in a crash of a plane he was piloting on Aug. 2, 1979.

The Baseball Writers’ Association of America never voted Munson into the National Baseball Hall of Fame during his time on the ballot. His decade of excellence lasted from 1970-79. In 1981, when he was first on the ballot after the BBWAA waived the usual five-year waiting period, he received 15.5 percent of the vote on a ballot that included Bob Gibson, Harmon Killebrew and Juan Marichal.

The next year, Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson were elected. Munson lasted 15 years on the ballot. He never came close to being elected.

Munson will get another chance for election Sunday. He is one of 10 people — nine players and Marvin Miller, the first players’ union leader — on the ballot…

Read “A closing case for Thurman Munson” at New York Post