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    1978 Thurman Munson Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey. The most beloved New York Yankee of the 1970's, Captain Munson earned a reputation as one of the greatest big game players in a team history teeming with legends. White Sox coach Charlie Lau, whose The Art of Hitting is considered the "Bible of Batting," once noted "Of all the Yankee Hitters, Thurman Munson was the one that scared me the most when he came up. He had that swing and that heart. He was just totally clutch." The tragic passing of Munson in an August 1979 airplane crash coincided with the start of a seventeen-year World Championship drought. This is likely no coincidence.

    The presented road grey gamer dates to the star catcher's final full tour of duty as a Bronx Bomber, and to the glorious second consecutive World Championship season of the late 1970's. Strong use appears indicative of a full season's wear, particularly apparent in the shoulder area where the straps of Munson's chest protector caused friction burns to the polyester knit. "New York" is boldly applied to the chest in navy and white block tackle twill (believed to be a team replacement), with Munson's retired number "15" proudly positioned on verso. An embroidered grey swatch affixed at interior collar notes "Munson 78 1," and a proper "Wilson [size] 44" label in the tail is softened by sweaty use.

    Given the depth of wear evident, one could quite reasonably assume that the shirt saw at least a game or two of action in the unforgettable late season "Boston Massacre" in which the Yankees swept a four-game series at Fenway to pull even with the Red Sox in the AL East, setting the stage for an eventual single-game playoff and Bucky Dent's home run heroics. Munson went eight for sixteen in the Massacre. It's also entirely possible that this is the shirt Munson was wearing as he caught a foul pop by Ron Cey to record the final out of the World Series at Dodger Stadium, bringing a joyous close to the last postseason game of his career. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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