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Bonne Daddy´s 1979 New York Yankees Baseball Card Collection Pieces

DOG COMMENTARY:

The 1979 New York Yankees season was the 77th season for the franchise in New York and its 79th season overall. The season was marked by the death of their starting catcher, Thurman Munson, on August 2. The team finished with a record of 89-71….finishing fourth in the American League East….13.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles….ending the Yankees’ three-year domination of the AL East.  New York was managed by Billy Martin and Bob Lemon…. playing at Yankee Stadium.

During the off-season on November 10, 1978 the Yanks sent Sparky Lyle, Domingo Ramos, Mike Heath, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich and cash to the Texas Rangers for Dave Righetti, Juan Beníquez, Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella and Greg Jemison (minors)….then on November 13, 1978, they signed Luis Tiant as a free agent….then on November 21, 1978 the signed Tommy John as a free agent.  In January 1979, the Yankees attempted to acquire first baseman Rod Carew from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Chris Chambliss, Juan Beníquez, Dámaso García, and Dave Righetti….but the deal fell through….and Carew was later traded to the California Angels.

On August 6, the Yankees flew to Ohio to attend Thurman Munson’s memorial service….then flew back to New York play the Orioles on Monday Night Baseball….as Bobby Murcer hit a three run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning….then drove in two more runs in the ninth with a single off former Yankee Tippy Martinez to account for all five Yankee runs in a 5-4 win.  After the game, Murcer gave the bat to Munson’s widow.

Thurman Munson was frequently homesick throughout the season….and took flying lessons so that he could fly home to his family in Canton on off-days.  On August 2, 1979, he was practicing takeoffs and landings in his new Cessna Citation I/SP jet at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport.  On the fourth touch-and-go, Munson failed to lower the flaps for landing….allowing the aircraft to sink too low before increasing engine power….causing the jet to clip a tree and fall short of the runway. The plane then hit a tree stump and burst into flames, killing Munson (who was trapped inside)….and injuring two other companions. It is believed that the inability to get out of the plane and the ensuing asphyxiation is what killed Munson….rather than injuries sustained on impact or burns (the two passengers survived). He was 32 years old.

Munson’s sudden death was major news across the nation and especially sorrowed the baseball community.  Munson was survived by his wife, Diana, and their three children. The day after his death….before the start of the Yankees’ four-game set with the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx….the Yankees paid tribute to their fallen captain in a pre-game ceremony during which the starters stood at their defensive positions….save for the catcher’s box….which remained empty. At the conclusion of Robert Merrill’s musical selection, the fans (announced attendance 51,151) burst into a 10-minute standing ovation.

Words cannot really describe the devastation to the Yankees team that occurred after the loss of their Captain….for Thurman Munson was a catcher that personified the Yankees spirit and attitude…..tough to get out….and tough to out play….hard nosed with his command of his pitchers and his positioning of the defense….for there is no telling what the Yankees could have done with Thurman Munson developing a legacy that would rival “Mr. Yankee” Yogi Berra….as the core group of Reggie, Murcer, Gamble, Blair, Pinella and Rivers in the outfield…..Nettles, Dent, Randolph and Chambliss in the infield….Guidry, Hunter, John, Kaat, Righetti, Tiant & Gossage on the mound….and Thurman Munson behind the plate….that sounds mighty strong.

 

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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograh 1979 New York Yankees OF Roy White
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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograph 1979 New York Yankees 2B Willie Randolph
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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograph 1979 Minnesota Twins / New York Yankees Pitcher Roger Erickson
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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograph 1979 Philadelphia Phillies / New York Yankees Catcher Barry Foote
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 Seattle Mariner / New York Yankees Pitcher Shane Rawley
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 Chicago Cub / New York Yankees OF Bobby Murcer
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 Toronto Blue Jays / New York Yankees Catcher Rick Cerone
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 Minnesota Twins / New York Yankees SS Roy Smalley
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 Yankees Prospects – 2B Brian Doyle – Catcher Mike Heath – Pitcher Dave Rajsich
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1978 Stolen Base Leaders – A.L. Detroit Tigers OF Ron LeFlore & N.L. Pittsburgh Pirates / New York Yankees OF Omar Moreno
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MLB – Original Baseball Cards 1978 Leading Firemen – A. L. New York Yankees P Goose Gossage – N.L. San Diego Padres P Rollie Fingers
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 Cincinnati Red / New York Yankees OF Ken Griffey
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 Detroit Tigers / New York Yankees OF Steve Kemp
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 San Diego Padres / New York Yankees OF Oscar Gamble
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MLB – Original Baseball Card All-Time Record Holders – Home Runs – SEASON New York Yankees OF Roger Maris – CAREER Atlanta Braves OF Hank Aaron
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 Texas Rangers / New York Yankees 3B Tody Harrah
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 San Diego Padres / New York Yankees Pitcher Bob Shirley
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Ron Guidry tribute to setting the 1978 A. L. record of strikeouts by a lefthander in 9 innings.
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 N Y Mets / New York Yankees SS Tim Foli
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 Minnesota Twins / New York Yankees Catcher Butch Wynegar
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees 2B Willie Randolph
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees OF Roy White
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees OF Lou Pinella
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees OF Mickey Rivers
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Dick Tidrow
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees DH-1B Jim Spencer
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees OF-1B Gary Thomasson
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees All Star OF Reggie Jackson
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Paul Lindblad
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Catcher Thurman Munson
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees OF Jay Johnstone
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Andy Messersmith
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Don Gullett
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Catcher Cliff Johnson
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Sparky Lyle
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Ron Guidry
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees SS Bucky Dent
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees OF Paul Blair
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Ken Clay
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Ed Figueroa
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Pitcher Jim Beattie
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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograph 1979 Toronto Blue Jays / New York Yankees 1B John Mayberry
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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograph 1979 Detroit Tigers / New York Yankees OF Steve Kemp
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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograph 1979 San Diego Padres / New York Yankees Pitcher Bob Shirley
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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograph 1979 New York Yankees 2B Willie Randolph
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 San Diego Padres / New York Yankees Pitcher Gaylord Perry
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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograph 1979 New York Yankees OF Lou Pinella
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MLB – Original Baseball Card Autograph 1979 New York Yankees 1B Chris Chambliss
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Team Card with Manager Bob Lemon
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MLB – Original Baseball Card 1979 New York Yankees Team Checklist Card

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