During these past 30 years, much has been remembered and much has been learned about Thurman Munson, who was both familiar and concealed. One thing does stand out, though. He didn't want to hit for the cycle.
He wanted no part of the family cycle that produced his father, Darrell, a man so difficult that by the end, he had no relationship with his wife or children.
Thurman Munson, heart and soul of the Yankees, couldn't stand being apart from his wife and three children in Ohio. That led him to get a pilot's license and buy his own plane, which led him to take a spin in his new Cessna Citation on Aug. 2, 1979.