Painting by Rayvin Lindsey
Despite his strong resolve, Thurman Munson was terribly homesick. There was even talk that he wanted to sign with the Cleveland Indians in the off season or possibly retire, so he could be with his wife and family. Instead, Munson took another route. He decided instead to commute between Canton and New York via his own airplane during off days. In an effort to be with the one’s he loved, Munson began practicing take offs and landings at Akron-Canton Airport in August of 1979. It was a dream he would never come to live, as during one of his practice landings, Munson's plane crashed and Thurman died while trapped under the debris of the fiery Cessna. Because of his tragically shortened career, Munson never made the Hall of Fame.