After decades of finishing at or near the top of the American League, the mighty New York Yankees fell into a dismal swoon in the late-1960s. When the '70s rolled in, the "Bronx Bombers" began a climb back to the top, that saw them return to their World Series winning ways in 1977 and 1978. A key figure in the Yankees return to dominance, was catcher Thurman Munson, who died in a 1979 plane crash.
From Munson's sophomore season, comes this 1971 Yankees team-signed sheet. The heart of this team, was its starting pitchers Mel Stottlemyre, Fritz Peterson, Stan Bahnsen and Steve Kline, who all hit double-digits in wins. The brain trust was manager Ralph Houk and his coaches, Elston Howard, Jim Hegan, Dick Howser, and Jim Turner. Counting as the soul of the team, were future captain Munson, and Bobby "Yankee for Life" Murcer. Of these key figures, only Howser is absent from the roster of (27) signers appearing on the offered team sheet, which bears four folds, but remains crisp and clean.
Signature strength averages ("8-9") with: Elston Howard (d.1980), Ron Blomberg, Mel Stottlemyre, Jim Turner, Jim Lyttle, Jim Hardin, Jim Hegan, Roy White, Mike Kekich, Ralph Houk, Gary Waslewski, Danny Cater, Lindy McDaniel, Steve Kline, Gary Jones, Ron Hansen, Felipe Alou, Gene Michael, Fritz Peterson, Thurman Munson (d.1979), Horace Clarke, Stan Bahnsen, Ron Swoboda, Bill White (WMCA Radio broadcaster), Bobby Murcer (d.2008), Jake Gibbs, and Jerry Kenney. Auction LOA from JSA.