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Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain

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Publisher Comments:

Seldom does a biographer get a do-over. Appel, who collaborated with legendary New York Yankees captain Thurman Munson on a standard “then-we-played sports bio in 1977, decided to revisit the subject nearly 30 years after Munson's death in a plane crash in 1979. It was worth the effort. Appel, the Yanks public-relations director and Munson’s friend during the catcher’s years with the team, digs a lot deeper this time. The product of a harsh blue-collar upbringing in Ohio, Munson was not a simple man. He was capable of great loyalty, perpetual enmity, profound kindness, and arrogant egotism toward the press and sometimes-not always–the fans. His father resented his son's success, and the two were estranged most of Thurman’s adult life. This time around Appel researches the life of a man, not a sports hero, and emerges with a textured portrait of a flawed but likable individual, often angry and bitter, occasionally an ass, but ultimately worthy of our respect, on and off the field. The best biographies recount the public life, reveal the private life, and give readers a sense of the critical intersection between the two. Appel manages all three and deserves high praise for keeping one of baseball's most intriguing players in the forefront.

--Booklist (starred review)

Marty Appel’s examination of Thurman Munson's traumatic life and controversial death is fascinating. The detail is amazing, and there’s an anthology’s worth of illuminating quotes. The glimpses of George Steinbrenner behind the scenes are priceless. As a longtime New York Yankee insider, Appel knew Munson intimately, knew his family, knew his teammates and knew-knows–almost everyone of importance in Munson's often difficult life. An extraordinary book.

--Robert Creamer, bestselling author of Babe: The Legend Comes to Life

"Only Marty Appel could do justice to this fallen leader; a man who, a generation after his death, continues to inspire all who learn about him. Bravo, Marty, for every page "

--Suzyn Waldman, NY Yankees Radio Broadcaster

If the measure of a great biography is the amount of new, previously un-mined material on the subject, then Marty Appel has hit a grand slam home run with this definitive portrait of Thurman Munson. Thirty years after Thurman's tragic death, we finally get the whole story of a very complex and private man. You don't even have to be a Yankee fan to find this a compelling read.

--Bill Madden, New York Daily News 

Thirty years after teaming with Munson on the Yankee catcher's autobiography, Appel comes back to finish the ultimately sad tale. No one else could have written this book. No one else could have written it better. Great stuff.

--Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of The Big Bam and Ted Williams

"Told through the voice of a friend and colleague for whom the death of the Yankee captain was a personal and a professional loss, Marty Appel's incisive and insightful biography of Thurman Munson is not just another sports book.   It is a gift to baseball "

-- Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

"Thurman Munson was the heart and soul of a team that transitioned from also-ran to champion.

Synopsis:

Following his years as the Yankees' PR director, Marty Appel became an Emmy Award winning television producer and co

Synopsis:

On August 2, 1979, Thurman Munson died at the age of thirty-two, when the private plane he was piloting crashed in Canton, Ohio. A piece of the New York Yankees franchise died that day—Munson is still remembered by fans as a quintessentially tough, fiercely competitive, endearing Yankee leader. He was, and still is, known as “The Captain.”

MUNSON is the authoritative biography fans have been awaiting for thirty years. Written by Marty Appel, who worked as the PR director for the Yankees during the seventies (and co-wrote Munson’s own autobiography in 1978), this triumphant, energetic, and tragic baseball biography captures the young man from Canton and his meteoric rise to stardom in baseball’s most storied franchise. MUNSON examines the tumultuous childhood that led Thurman to work feverishly to escape Canton—and the marriage and cultural roots that drew him back (so much so that he took up flying and bought his own plane to allow himself to spend more time at home).

Opening a fascinating door on the Yankees of the 1970s, Appel recounts stories that have never been told, and examines the Yankees’ gruff captain's relationships with friends and teammates such as Lou Piniella, Bobby Murcer, Graig Nettles and Reggie Jackson, as well as Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner. With a level of intimacy and understanding that could be achieved only by someone in Appel’s shoes, MUNSON captures its subject in mesmerizing, nostalgic detail.

Synopsis:

Marty Appel's examination of Thurman Munson's traumatic life and controversial death is fascinating. The detail is amazing, and there's an anthology's worth of illuminating quotes. The glimpses of George Steinbrenner behind the scenes are priceless. As a longtime New York Yankee insider, Appel knew Munson intimately, knew his family, knew his teammates and knew-knows-almost everyone of importance in Munson's often difficult life. An extraordinary book.

--Robert Creamer, bestselling author of Babe: The Legend Comes to Life

Only Marty Appel could do justice to this fallen leader; a man who, a generation after his death, continues to inspire all who learn about him. Bravo, Marty, for every page

--Suzyn Waldman, NY Yankees Radio Broadcaster

If the measure of a great biography is the amount of new, previously un-mined material on the subject, then Marty Appel has hit a grand slam home run with this definitive portrait of Thurman Munson. Thirty years after Thurman's tragic death, we finally get the whole story of a very complex and private man. You don't even have to be a Yankee fan to find this a compelling read.

--Bill Madden, New York Daily News

Thirty years after teaming with Munson on the Yankee catcher's autobiography, Appel comes back to finish the ultimately sad tale. No one else could have written this book. No one else could have written it better. Great stuff.

--Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of The Big Bam and Ted Williams

Told through the voice of a friend and colleague for whom the death of the Yankee captain was a personal and a professional loss, Marty Appel's incisive and insightful biography of Thurman Munson is not just another sports book. It is a gift to baseball

-- Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

Thurman Munson was the heart and soul of a team that transitioned from also-ran to champion. Marty Appel lived those years with the captain from the inside and now gives us a rare and intimate look at this remarkable, legendary Yankee. This is a must read for any baseball fan.

--Michael Kay, YES Network, ESPN Radio

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Following his years as the Yankees’ PR director, Marty Appel became an Emmy Award–winning television producer and coauthored Munson’s bestselling autobiography, as well as a number of other books. Appel lives in New York City and appears frequently on YES Network, ESPN, MLB, and HBO.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385529280
Subtitle:
The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Appel, Marty
Author:
Marty Appel
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : Baseball - History
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Sports - Baseball
Subject:
Baseball players -- United States.
Subject:
Munson, Thurman
Subject:
New york yankees (baseball team)
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball Biographies
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090707
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
375

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Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Baseball » General

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"Synopsis" by , Following his years as the Yankees' PR director, Marty Appel became an Emmy Award winning television producer and co
"Synopsis" by , On August 2, 1979, Thurman Munson died at the age of thirty-two, when the private plane he was piloting crashed in Canton, Ohio. A piece of the New York Yankees franchise died that day—Munson is still remembered by fans as a quintessentially tough, fiercely competitive, endearing Yankee leader. He was, and still is, known as “The Captain.”

MUNSON is the authoritative biography fans have been awaiting for thirty years. Written by Marty Appel, who worked as the PR director for the Yankees during the seventies (and co-wrote Munson’s own autobiography in 1978), this triumphant, energetic, and tragic baseball biography captures the young man from Canton and his meteoric rise to stardom in baseball’s most storied franchise. MUNSON examines the tumultuous childhood that led Thurman to work feverishly to escape Canton—and the marriage and cultural roots that drew him back (so much so that he took up flying and bought his own plane to allow himself to spend more time at home).

Opening a fascinating door on the Yankees of the 1970s, Appel recounts stories that have never been told, and examines the Yankees’ gruff captain's relationships with friends and teammates such as Lou Piniella, Bobby Murcer, Graig Nettles and Reggie Jackson, as well as Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner. With a level of intimacy and understanding that could be achieved only by someone in Appel’s shoes, MUNSON captures its subject in mesmerizing, nostalgic detail.

"Synopsis" by , Marty Appel's examination of Thurman Munson's traumatic life and controversial death is fascinating. The detail is amazing, and there's an anthology's worth of illuminating quotes. The glimpses of George Steinbrenner behind the scenes are priceless. As a longtime New York Yankee insider, Appel knew Munson intimately, knew his family, knew his teammates and knew-knows-almost everyone of importance in Munson's often difficult life. An extraordinary book.

--Robert Creamer, bestselling author of Babe: The Legend Comes to Life

Only Marty Appel could do justice to this fallen leader; a man who, a generation after his death, continues to inspire all who learn about him. Bravo, Marty, for every page

--Suzyn Waldman, NY Yankees Radio Broadcaster

If the measure of a great biography is the amount of new, previously un-mined material on the subject, then Marty Appel has hit a grand slam home run with this definitive portrait of Thurman Munson. Thirty years after Thurman's tragic death, we finally get the whole story of a very complex and private man. You don't even have to be a Yankee fan to find this a compelling read.

--Bill Madden, New York Daily News

Thirty years after teaming with Munson on the Yankee catcher's autobiography, Appel comes back to finish the ultimately sad tale. No one else could have written this book. No one else could have written it better. Great stuff.

--Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of The Big Bam and Ted Williams

Told through the voice of a friend and colleague for whom the death of the Yankee captain was a personal and a professional loss, Marty Appel's incisive and insightful biography of Thurman Munson is not just another sports book. It is a gift to baseball

-- Jane Leavy, author of Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

Thurman Munson was the heart and soul of a team that transitioned from also-ran to champion. Marty Appel lived those years with the captain from the inside and now gives us a rare and intimate look at this remarkable, legendary Yankee. This is a must read for any baseball fan.

--Michael Kay, YES Network, ESPN Radio

From the Hardcover edition.

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