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ON THIS DAY: August 2, 1979

ON THIS DAY: August 2, 1979

ON THIS DAY: August 2, 1979. Beloved New York Yankees captain, catcher Thurman Munson was killed when his twin-engine Cessna Citation that he was piloting crashed at an airport near his Canton Ohio, home. He was just 32 years old. Munson was practicing takeoffs and landings, known as touch-and-goes, at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport with friend Jerry Anderson and flight instructor Dave Hall. On a third attempt the aircraft first touched [Read More...]
ON THIS DAY: August 1, 1975

ON THIS DAY: August 1, 1975

ON THIS DAY: August 1, 1975. The New York Yankees hired Billy Martin to replace Bill Virdon as manager of the Bronx Bombers. Martin, 47, the former scrappy Yankee second baseman will be coming home for the first time since his 1957 trade to the Kansas City Athletics. He will lead the Yankees to a 30-26 record down the stretch in 1975. In 1976 he will lead the Bombers to a 97-62 record, their first-ever AL East title, and first AL pennant [Read More...]
ON THIS DAY: August 1, 1945

ON THIS DAY: August 1, 1945

ON THIS DAY: August 1, 1945. New York Giants player-manager Mel Ott hits his historic 500th career home run off Boston Braves’ hurler Johnny Hutchings in the Giants’ 9-2 victory at the Polo Grounds in New York. Ott became the first National league batsman to accomplish the feat, joining American Leaguers Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx in reaching the career milestone. A 12-time All-Star, Ott ended his 22-season big league career with a [Read More...]