NEW YORK -- Michael Munson wanted his late father to be a part of this moment. So he knelt down with the ring right there at Yankee Stadium and
proposed to his girlfriend, trembling just in front of his dad's plaque in Monument Park.
Michelle Bruey said yes, one more way to honor former New York Yankees captain Thurman Munson on an already special day.
"I was really nervous," Michael Munson said. "I wanted her to get a sense of all this, too, just so she could understand."
The catcher's widow, Diana, was at Yankee Stadium on Saturday to throw out the first pitch at Old-timers' Day, joined by her three children and five
Nearly 25 years ago, on Aug. 2, 1979, Thurman Munson died in a plane crash in his hometown of Canton, Ohio, at age 32, cutting short his All-Star
career. His No. 15 was immediately retired by the Yankees.
One of the most beloved and respected players ever to wear pinstripes, the fiery Munson won the 1976 AL MVP and helped lead the Yankees to consecutive
World Series titles in '77 and '78.
His memory lives on at Yankee Stadium, where his locker remains in the clubhouse, unused, right next to current captain Derek Jeter's stall.
"I always said that New Yorkers got Thurman. They understood him," Diana Munson said. "We don't get here very often, so it's pretty monumental when we
come here. I'm flooded with memories, lots of good memories -- even the fights he got in."