Thurman Munson — C
Team: New York Yankees
While there a few catchers who likely deserve a spot in Cooperstown — Joe Mauer, Jorge Posada, Bill Freehan — perhaps no catcher is more overlooked than Thurman Munson. Spending his entire career with the Yankees, Munson became the Yankees’ first captain since Lou Gehrig. Munson was a complete catcher — a career .292 hitter with 113 HR and three Gold Gloves to his name. After winning the AL MVP in 1976, the star catcher helped lead New York to back-to-back World Series victories over the Dodgers in ’77 and ’78. However, in 1979, Munson tragically passed away in a plane crash while he was practicing landing his aircraft — he was just 32. In 15 years on the HoF ballot, Munson never received more than 15.5-percent of the vote.
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