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Though He's Gone, Thurman Munson Still Amazing

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Baseball great Thurman Munson of the New York Yankess, in an undated photo, taken from a slide. (Jerry Coli/Dreamstime)

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Friday, 09 Feb 2018 02:32 PM Current | Bio | Archive

This past week I attended the 38th Annual Thurman Munson Dinner. An event put together by media mogul John Cirillo. It benefits children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Carlos Beltran, David Robertson, Justin Tuck, T.J. Rivera, and Jorge Posada were honored for their charitable contributions to society. I know that in the case of Beltran and Posada, they have been extremely busy with all of the work they have done in Puerto Rico because of the 2017 hurricanes.

I find it incredible that 39 years since we lost Thurman Munson, people all over New York and all across this nation still think about this incredible man. I loved hearing how much Thurman meant to Jorge Posada. It was beautiful to hear Diana Munson tell her story about how Jorge showed Diana a Thurman article that he kept in his locker for inspiration.

I looked around this room and felt a large sense of pride because only Diana knew Thurman better than I did. I find that crazy. I got to know the player and I got to know the real man — a man's man.

Oh my God, how this man loved his children. Oh my God how this man loved his wife!

I will share one of my favorite — and sensitive — Thurman stories:

When Thurman would go on the road I would usually drive him to Teterboro Airport. I have to admit that I loved doing this because besides having alone time with Thurman, I would get to have a brand new Cadillac to drive while the team was on the road.

Sometimes Thurman would come back to New York with Diana and I would love that because the ride back to the Bronx was going to be a true comedy show with the two of them. Thurman would dish it out, but what Thurman loved so much was that Diana would come right back at him. I have to admit I couldn't stop laughing.

Thurman Munson loved and appreciated music. Once on the drive back with him and Diana I will never forget that a Paul McCartney song came on and Thurman got quiet. The song was, "Maybe I’m Amazed," from his 1970 solo album, "McCartney." 

I was sitting in the back seat and remember just staring at them because they just looked so cool together.

A few lines of the song are: 

"Maybe I’m amazed at the way you love me all the time.

"Maybe I’m afraid of the way I love you.

"Maybe I’m amazed at the way you pulled me out of time and hung me on a line.

"Maybe I’m amazed at the way I really need you."

At that moment, Thurman and Diana had this long beautiful loving stare that made me feel uncomfortable because if I wasn’t there they may have pulled over so that he could have given her a kiss.

Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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