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Diana Munson is the First Lady of the NYS Baseball Hall of Fame

Diana Munson and her son Michael and his wife drove 16 hours back and forth from Canton Ohio to Troy NY to be able to honor members of her Yankee family.

The NY State Baseball Hall of Fame held their annual ceremony.

The Yankee players being honored included Curtis Granderson, Chris Chambliss, and Darryl Strawberry. Elston Howard Roger Maris and Bob Aspromonte were honored posthumously. Former Yankees P. R. Director Rick Cerrone was also honored for his long service to baseball.

Yankees President Randy Levine sent his congratulations and well wishes to all the parties involved.

New York Yankee Limited partner Ray Bartoszek was there to present Lou Bernardi of the Merchant Marine Academy with induction for humanitarian service.

Todd Zeile who played for both the Yankees and Mets and has become an integral part of the SNY broadcast team was also inducted. Long-time Mets P. R. Director Jay Horwitz was there to represent Mets personnel being inducted. Another broadcaster who is a member of the World Champion Texas Rangers broadcast team that was inducted was long-time MLB catcher Dave Valle who was born and raised in New York.

The highlight of the ceremony is always having Diana Munson wife of Yankee great Thurman Munson in attendance. She always hits us right between the eyes with her magic words and truly incredible heart. Her love of the Yankees and how she cares for these players is always quite evident. The excitement in the faces of the fans when they meet her is amazing. They can’t ever get enough of her. Her appreciation of baseball and the Yankees is evident.

Hall of Fame director Rene LeRoux and the NYSBHOF and for that matter, all of us in attendance are very grateful whenever Diana can attend this great ceremony because we truly do appreciate her and consider her true Baseball royalty!

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