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The Captain & Me: On and Off the Field with Thurman Munson

The Captain & Me: On and Off the Field with Thurman Munson


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As back-to-back #1 draft picks for the New York Yankees, Ron Blomberg and Thurman Munson made for an odd couple. One was a good-looking, gregarious kid from Atlanta, who cheerfully talked anyone’s ear off at the slightest provocation; the other was a dumpy, grumpy dude from the Midwest rust belt who was about as fond of making idle chit-chat as he was of shaving. Despite the surface differences, the two men would form a close attachment as they ignited a youth movement with the 1970s Yankees. Now, over 40 years after Munson's shocking death in a plane crash at age 32, Blomberg reflects and opens up about the beloved Yankees captain in an extraordinary memoir that reaches far beyond baseball. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Blomberg shares uproarious tales of clubhouse hijinks during the infamous Bronx Zoo era, nocturnal adventures on the road, and even rubbing shoulders with mobsters. He also offers a fascinating, unvarnished glimpse of an incredibly tumultuous time in baseball history, providing a player's eye view of the first-ever strike and lockout, the dramatic escalation of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, and the introduction of full-scale free agency. Above all, this is an illuminating remembrance of Munson as a player and as a person, filled with previously untold stories about his analytical-yet-hardnosed approach to baseball, as well as his kindness and generosity off the field.

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ISBN-13: 9781629378541
Publisher: Triumph Books
Publication date: 04/20/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 298,198
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ron Blomberg spent eight seasons in the majors with the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, and was twice voted “Most Popular Person in New York” during his playing days with the Yankees. He earned a place in Cooperstown, thanks to becoming the first designated hitter to make a plate appearance in an official MLB game (he walked with the bases loaded), and he was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He is the author of Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg StoryDan Epstein is the author of the 1970s baseball histories Big Hair and Plastic Grass: Baseball and America in the Swinging ‘70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of 1976. He writes about baseball, music and pop culture for a variety of outlets, including Rolling Stone, Revolver and the Jewish Daily Forward. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Diana Munson was the wife of Yankee great Thurman Munson.

Table of Contents

Foreword Diana Munson vii

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 DHs and Deviled Eggs 1

Chapter 2 First Impressions 11

Chapter 3 One Goes Up, One Goes Down 27

Chapter 4 This Time It's for Real 39

Chapter 5 Where Were You in '72? 73

Chapter 6 Almost Cut My Hair 105

Chapter 7 Trade Me to Cleveland 139

Chapter 8 Tearing It Up 165

Chapter 9 So Close, Yet So Far 185

Chapter 10 The Straw That Really Stirred the Drink 211

Chapter 11 A Fresh Start 243

Chapter 12 Like a Bad Dream 261

Epilogue: What Might Have Been 273

Acknowledgments 283

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