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This 1978 file photo shows New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson. In three consecutive World Series, 1976, 1977, and 1978, Munson hit .529, .320 and .320 respectively. The six-time All-Star died in a plane crash on Aug. 2, 1979.(Credit: AP)

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Thurman Munson

Thurman Munson, one of the most beloved figures in Yankees history, was an All-Star catcher from 1969-79 and the Yankees' captain from 1976-79. On Aug. 2, 1979, while practicing takeoffs and landings on his Cessna Citation jet, Munson crashed short of the airport and was killed. The Yankees immediately retired his uniform number 15.

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