Nearly 30 years after his death, the family of Yankees’ catcher Thurman Munson has consigned most of his baseball memorabilia to the All Star Fan Fest auction.
Thurman Munson took off his home pinstripe uniform for the last time in the summer of 1979.
An aspiring pilot, Munson was practicing takeoffs and landings at Akron-Canton regional airport on an off day when he crashed and was killed.
His World Series rings, MVP trophy and that final uniform will be among the items sold during this summer’s All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. Hunt Auctions will again conduct the sale in conjunction with All Star Fan Fest, being held in New York this year–the final season of Yankee Stadium.
"There could not be a more appropriate place to offer the collection to the public then New York City on the occasion of the final All-Star game to be played at Yankee Stadium," Munson’s wife, Diana, said. "Thurman so loved that stadium and the fans who shared his many years with the team."
Other pieces of baseball memorabilia slated to be sold in the July 14-15 auction are Lou Gehrig’s warmup jacket dating to the final day of his 2,130 consecutive game streak, the ball Babe Ruth hit for his 712th home run and a Jackie Robinson game used bat.
The Munson collection consists of more than 140 items, including a custom-made Mercedes-Benz convertible and a personal World Series trophy from the Yankees’ 1978 title.
"My three children and I have held on to some items of great personal meaning to us but the time has come to share the collection with the public who so adored Thurman as a player with the Yankees," Diana Munson said. "Along with thousands of Yankees fans, we have so many fond memories of Thurman and the memorabilia items help to tell the story of his life."
Hall of Famer Whitey Ford’s collection will also be auctioned off, including a ball signed for him by President Kennedy, Ford’s 1961 World Series MVP award, his 1950 Yankees road flannel jersey and a signed game-used glove.