Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Cake or Gum? 1976 Thurman Munson

Last time gum won, 9-1, with cake getting a lone, self-described "pity vote" to avoid the shutout. This might be a closer battle.

Here we have two photos clearly taken at the same time. Even the clouds are the same. The sky is bluer on the Hostess card, but Munson is looking more directly at the camera on the Topps card.

The heart and soul of the Yankees 1976-1978 pennant winners, Thuman Munson was the MVP in 1976, the Rookie of the Year in 1970, and was a 7-time All Star and 3-time Gold Glove winner. Before his death in a plane crash in 1979, Munson played in 1,423 games and hit .292 with 113 HR and 701 RBI. He was even better in the postseason, including his legendary 1976 when he hit .435 in the ALCS and .529 in the World Series. In six postseason series his lowest average was .278, and in 30 total games he hit .357 with 3 HR and 22 RBI.