Thurman Munson

Thurman MunsonMunson was stung by Sparky Anderson’s quote during the 1976 World Series, when the Cincinnati skipper was asked about the match-up between his catcher, Johnny Bench, and Munson. “Don’t you ever embarrass anyone by comparing them to Johnny Bench,” Sparky said.

But not everyone shared Sparky’s assessment. When he signed as Yankee manager after the 1973 season (the contract was voided later over a dispute with his previous employer the Oakland A’s), Dick Williams said: “He Munson is the best catcher in baseball, and that includes Johnny Bench.”

List of New York Yankee Captains
Hal Chase … 1910-1912
Roger Peckinpaugh … 1914-1921
Babe Ruth … 1922
Everett Scott … 1922-1925
Lou Gehrig … 1935-1939
Thurman Munson … 1976-1979
Graig Nettles … 1982-1984
Willie Randolph … 1986-1988
Ron Guidry … 1986-1988
Don Mattingly … 1991-1995
Derek Jeter … 2003-