Did you know he played in the Cape Cod Baseball League? Yes, it is true. The summer of 1967 the catcher from Akron, Ohio (the birthplace of many star athletes it seems) made his way on to Cape Cod- specifically Chatham. He donned the A’s uniform for the summer where he collected batting champion honors with a .420 average. Now, each year, the Cape League player with the highest batting average receives batting champion award that is named in Munson’s honor.
After leaving Chatham, Munson went on to have great success with the New York Yankees. He played his entire 11-year career as catcher for the Yankees. He was a six-time all-star, named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1970 and the American League Most Valuable Player in 1976.
In 2000, Munson was a part of the inaugural Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame. He shared these honors with 12 other influential baseball names including Frank Thomas, Mo Vaughn, and Red Wilson, just to name a few.
So, if you are looking for something to throwback this Thursday, check out the Cape Cod Baseball League HOF in Hyannis and make sure to say hey to Thurman for me!