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The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 3, 1979-Page 15
Munsonperishes in plane crash
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wo men survived, racing from the engine jet. year-the first player selected captain frequently go home even during home
ling wreckage afer the crash. Both A spokesman at Children's Hospital of the team since Lou Gerhig. stands."
e hospitalized in fair condition. here said flight instructor David Hall, HE PROCEDED to lead the Yanks to BASEBALL Commissioner Bowie
immit County sheriff's deputy Jeff 32, of Canton, was in fair condition with their first AL pennant in 12 years, bat- Kuhn said of Munson's death, "This is
hburn, the first official on the burns on his hands. And a spokesman ting .302 with 105 runs batted in. an almost indeacribable loss. He was a
e, said that when he arrived, "I for Timken Mercy Hospital in Canton He was the first Yankee-and first wonderful, enormously likable guy an
an aircraft totally involved in said Jerry D. Anderson, 31, of Canton, catcher-to win the MVP award since a truly great ball player-as tough a
es. Two subjects were running was also in fair condition with burns on 1963. coampetitor as he was on the field, he
y from the plane." hit face, neck and forearms. "If I had lost the award, I would have was a warm friend of baseball people
ashburn said the men told him Munson carried on the tradition of been upset," he said at the time. "I felt and a loving family man. Baseball sen
her man was inside the wreckage. fine Yankee catchers established by I deserved to win it." ds its heartfelt sympathy to his wife and
ied, but I couldn't come closer than Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra and Elston In a recent biography written by children."
eet because of the intensity of the Howard in his nine full seasons in New Munson and Marty Appel, the catcher Munson was named captain by
es. York. He batted over .300 five times, wrote, "I have a new love to make Manager Billy Martin before the 1976
'HE BODY was burned beyond driving in over 100 runs from 1975-77. things somewhat more pleasant for me season, an honor that such Hall of
gnition." Munson was the runaway winner of this year (1978). Airplanes. I studied for Fame stars as Joe DiMaggio, Mickey
inson was a native of Akron and the American League's Most Valuable my pilot's license and received iti Mantle and Berra never had.
in Canton with his wife and three Player award in 1976. He was also during the winter. Now ... it's possible Munson was the Yankees' No. 1
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coice in the 1u araft and played just
99 games in the minor leagues before
coming to New York in 1969.
He was named American League
Rookie of the Year in 1970.
First place
Orioles sold
Baltimore Orioles have been sold for
some $12 million to a group headed
by Washington attorney Edward
Bennett Williams, the American
League club announced yesterday.
In a prepared statement, Jerold C.
Hoffberger, board chairman of the
team, said Williams, who is also
president of the National Football
League's Washington Redskins,
planned to keep the team in
Baltimore indefinitely.
The Orioles have baseball's best
record so far this season and lead
the American League East by 7
games. Attendance at Memorial
Stadium has averaged more than
21,000 fans a game and the Orioles
seem certain to break their home at-
tendance mark of 1.2 million set in
1966, Hoffberger's first year.

NEW YORK YANKEE catcher Thurman Munson readies for the tag on Milwaukee Brewer George Scott in Yankee
Stadium in 1976. Munson, a 31-year-old Akron, Ohio, native, died yesterday when his recently-purchased Cessna Cita-
tion plane crashed at Canton-Akron airport. Officials said the plane crashed 1000 feet short of the runway while
attempting a landing.
Kessinger resigns as

White Sox
CHICAGO (AP) - Soft-spoken Don
Kessinger resigned yesterday as
manager of the struggling Chicago
White Sox and was replaced by minor-
league manager Tony LaRussa.
The surprise move came with the
White Sox in the throes of a seven-game
losing streak, their longest of the
Kessinger, a former All-Star shor-
tstop with the Chicago Cubs, became
player-manager of the White Sox before
this season. He will not stay with the
team as a player. Shortstop Harry
Chappas was called up from the White
Sox's Triple A team at Iowa to take his
spot on the roster.
LARUSSA, A former infielder with
the Kansas City and Oakland A's,
Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs, was
Iowa's manager this year after split-
ting the 1978 season as manager of the
Sox' Double A team at Knoxville and as
first-base coach in Chicago.
White Sox President Bill Veeck said
Kessinger, 37, told him over lunch
yesterday that he wanted to resign.
"He said he felt that for the best in-
terests of the club and fans a change
was indicated. And you know he's not a
fellow given to hasty decisions, and I
obviously had to respect what he wan-

ted to do," Veeck said.
"He felt it required some kind of a
shock to shake some of the athletes
from the lethargy into which they ap-
parently had fallen." 0
THE WHITE SOX are in fifth place in
the American League West with a 46-60
record. They are 14 games behind first-
place California and 1/2 games ahead
of sixth-place Seattle.
"I was at a loss to understand the per-
formance of some of the athletes, but I
can't say that I necessarily attribute
that to the manager," Veeck said. "I'm
the most surprised one in the city."
LaRussa, 34, becomes the fourth
White Sox manager in two years.
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