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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Diana Munson on Kobe Bryant: ‘We’re not supposed to lose heroes like this’

On Sunday afternoon, Diana Munson was watching the Pro Bowl in her Plain Township home — the same one she shared with her late husband, Thurman — when she got the news that Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash.

“My first thought was, ‘This can’t possibly be true. We’re not supposed to lose heroes like this,’” Diana said. “And obviously it brought up our day, with the memories of how it hit everyone.”

Thurman Munson died in a plane crash at the Akron-Canton Airport on Aug. 2, 1979, leaving behind Diana and their three children: daughters Tracy and Kelly and son Michael. Bryant, meanwhile, was traveling to a basketball game with his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who also died in the crash. Bryant left behind his wife, Vanessa, and three daughters: Natalia, Bianka and Capri.

“I always feel kind of strange when I talk about these things because no two tragedies are ever alike and I wonder if people tire of hearing about my tragedy and the 40 years I’ve lived without Thurman,” Diana said. “But, obviously, I have no insight into how they’re feeling and my heart is broken because I know this is just the beginning.”

 

QLE Posted: January 29, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: thurman munson, tragedy

Friday, December 06, 2019

The Hall of Fame Case for Thurman Munson

To share an opinion against my own:

The case against his induction:

We cannot know where Munson’s career would’ve ended up had he not died in that 1979 plane crash. The big question — unanswerable in my view — is what to do about that with respect to his Hall of Fame case.

Given that Munson had shown a pretty noticeable offensive decline in 1978 and the first half of 1979, it seems analytically unwarranted to make assumptions that he’d have continued to be an elite-hitting and fielding catcher for several more years into the 1980s. Of course it also seems kind of heartless to say “welp, sorry, he only played ten and a half seasons, so he falls short.” I suppose this is part of why I left Munson’s story for last. I really didn’t want to contend with that. It’s just sad.

Where does that leave us? With a nice but not overwhelming peak, and with career value that is a notch below his ballot-mate Simmons. If you’re a voter who is big on peaks, postseason performance and fame, Munson probably passes muster for you. If you like to see greater overall career value or a period of unequivocal dominance you might find him lacking. Either way, he’s one of the tougher cases on the ballot.

Well, that’s all the candidates- it will be interesting to watch Sunday night for the results.

QLE Posted: December 06, 2019 at 11:17 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, thurman munson

Monday, November 04, 2019

2020 MODERN BASEBALL ERA BALLOT

Nine former big league players and one executive comprise the 10-name Modern Baseball Era ballot to be reviewed and voted upon Dec. 8 at the Baseball Winter Meetings.

Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker are the candidates the Modern Baseball Era Committee will consider for Hall of Fame election for the Class of 2020. All candidates are former players except for Miller, who was the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966-82. All candidates except for Miller and Munson are living.

Any candidate who receives votes on 75 percent of the ballots cast by the 16-member Modern Baseball Era Committee will earn election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and will be inducted in Cooperstown on July 26, 2020, along with any electees who emerge from the 2020 Baseball Writers’ Association of America election, to be announced on Jan. 21, 2020.

The Modern Baseball Era is one of four Era Committees, each of which provide an avenue for Hall of Fame consideration to managers, umpires and executives, as well as players retired for more than 15 seasons.

The BBHOF season has now started- what say we concerning this ballot?

 


 

 

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