This Day in Sports: Thurman Munson Dies in Plane Crash

“Thurman will always be my captain.  This was a man who led by example and backed it up, time after time.  Very few people do that.”

Sparky Lyle, Yankee pitcher and teammate of Thurman Munson
New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, shown in training camp in 1978, was killed in a plane crash on Aug. 2, 1979 while he was practicing takeoffs and landings near his home in Ohio.  (Robert H. Houston / Associated Press)

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