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Thirty years ago today New York Yankee catcher Thurman Munson was killed in a private plane accident. On a team with Reggie Jackson, Lou Piniella, Graig Nettles, Cris Chambliss, Bobby Murcer, Goose Gossage, Ron Guidry, Catfish Hunter, Tommy John, and Jim Kaat, they called Thurman Munson the Captain. He was named Rookie of the Year in 1970 and was the corner stone on which a great Yankee team was built. Munson led them to three consecutive World Series Championships 1976-78 . In the 1976 World Series he batted .529 and had a combined World Series batting average of .373. He was 32 years old.