He was my favorite baseball player. During his era, he was the best at his position, the best at what he did. Consider the accomplishments in nine-plus years of Thurman Munson, New York Yankees captain:
• He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1970, batting .302.
• He won the Gold Glove Award in 1973, 1974 and 1975.
• He was the American League MVP in 1976.
• He was the first player since Ted Williams to hit .300 or higher and drive in 100 or more runs for three consecutive years (1975-1977).
• In three World …