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Adam Duerson
July 12, 2004
This year's search turned up Olympians, flashes in the pan and some of the biggest names in sports—and we mean huge
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July 12, 2004

Lost & Found

This year's search turned up Olympians, flashes in the pan and some of the biggest names in sports—and we mean huge

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THE MUNSON FAMILY

Twenty-Five years ago, Thurman Munson, the Yankees' catcher and captain of their 1977 and '78 world championship teams, was killed when the twin-engine Cessna he was piloting crashed on an airstrip near his year-old dream house in Canton, Ohio. Ever so slowly, his wife, Diana, is packing up their home. "I do everything gradually," she explains, putting items, one by one, into boxes. "I feel like the time is right to make some moves. Maybe it's Thurman kicking me in the behind."

Diana, 55, bought a plot of land across town, perfect for the ranch house with the screened-in porch she's always wanted. Her three children—Tracy, 34, a Montessori teacher, part-time student and married mother of three; Kelly, 32, who designs houses and is married with two kids; and Michael, 28, a former Yankees farmhand and budding restaurateur—all live nearby.

On Saturdays the clan gathers to eat, swim and talk. Sometimes they pull out a Thurman bobblehead doll so they feel as if Dad has joined them. On the living room wall hangs a portrait of Thurman in his Yankee pinstripes. "It's going to be hard to leave this house," Diana says, "but I've done a lot harder things."
—Melissa Segura

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