IN MEMORY OF: Thurman Munson (June 7, 1947 - August 2, 1979)
BY: New York Yankees
GESTURE: After the popular catcher died while piloting a small plane, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner immediately retired Munson's number 15. In the first game after Munson's death, the Yankees took the field in the Bronx but left the catcher position empty in honor of their fallen teammate. After a stirring rendition of "America the Beautiful," Yankee fans gave an eight-minute standing ovation before Munson's replacement finally took the field. On September 20, 1980, a plaque dedicated to Munson's memory was placed in Monument Park.
COMPLEX SAYS: See, King George ain't always bad.