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Thurman Munson bio shows all sides of Yankees captain

THURMAN MUNSON Yankees An All-Star catcher with an

THURMAN MUNSON
Yankees
An All-Star catcher with an all-time, all-star mustache.

I just finished Marty Appel's new biography of Thurman Munson, in time for the 30th anniversary of the Yankee captain's death Sunday.

The book does a good job balancing the insights of an insider - Appel is a former Yankees p.r. man and worked with Munson on his autobiography - with a no-frills journalistic approach to the late catcher's life and death.

If there is a flaw in the book it is that Appel does too thorough a job as a journalist over its 355 pages, using long quotes from interviews when a more selective approach would have sufficed.

On the whole, though, "Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain" is well worth the time and money for those with an interest in the man and the Yankees of that era.

Appel was bothered by the superficial nature of that late '70s autobiography, but here he offers the dark and light of Munson's life, including his troubled childhood.

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