Age: 32 (June 7, 1947 – Aug. 2, 1979)
Cause of Death: Airplane crash
The Yankees captain and 1976 AL MVP took up flying in order to see his family in Ohio more often. Unfortunately, Munson was killed while practicing landings in 1979, in one of the most tragic moments in baseball history. Munson’s locker at old Yankee Stadium remained untouched from the time of his death until the stadium was demolished in 2008. It currently rests in the Yankees museum at the new stadium.