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THE THURMAN MUNSON AWARD DINNER PROGRAM INTRODUCTION OF DAIS....Mel Allen NATIONAL ANTHEM.........Will Roy Houston and New York City Opera Companies INVOCATION..............General Ray Tremont National Director VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA WELCOME.................Dean R. O'Hare Dinner Chairman MASTER OF CEREMONIES....Jim Jensen CBS-TV News Correspondent PRESENTATION OF PAINTING.......Bobby Murcer REMARKS............Mrs. Thurman Munson GREETINGS..........Walter Redfield,Esq. President, New York Chapter Association for the Help of Retarded Children PRESENTATION OF AWARDS Billy Martin................Tommy John Walter McCurdy..............Earl Monroe George Brunner..............Denis Potvin Robert R. McMillan..........Ruth Rothfarb John W. Wolcott.............Willie Stargell Lou Saban and Walt Michaels....Otto Graham Cathy Keeton................Dorothy Hamill Cliff Robertson.............James Cagney Dean R. O'Hare........David "Sonny" Werblin BENEDICTION.............General Ray Tremont Jimmy Cagney, who has felt a lifelong thrill in sports as well as identification with the screen and with New York roots, is combining these interests at the second annual Thurman Munson Award Dinner, which honored the memory of the former Yankee who died in a plane crash at the age of 32. Cagney, who at 82 and the star of "Ragtime," a film which added new plaudits to his name recently, attended the dinner on Monday, February 1, 1982, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, sponsored by the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. Dean R. O'Hare, Chairman of Chubb LifeAmerica, is dinner chairman. Jimmy, who will be honored with a "Thurman," distinctive award emblematic of the work which the Retarded Children carries on, received an invitation at his farm near Poughkeepsie, New York, was to be transported by limo to the dinner. "Hell, no," Cagney said, "I've got a car, I'll be driven down myself." The association with Munson, onetime captain of the Yankees and standout catcher, stirred a longtime feeling for New York baseball with Cagney. "I'm a sidewalks of New York boy, you must remember," said Jimmy. "I go way back with the fans. I followed the Giants and the Dodgers when they were still here. I've switched to the Yankees, of course. I threw out the first ball at the Series last year." The "Thurman" was handed to Cagney by Cliff Robertson, another film notable who was picked out for this award last year. Others in varied fields of sport honored were Dorothy Hamill (who was attended by her new husband Dean Paul Martin) Rocky Bleier, Willie Stargell, Earl Monroe, Denis Potvin, Ruth Rothfarb, an 80 year old woman marathoner, Sonny Werblin and Tommy John. Awards will be presented by Billy Martin and Lou Saban. A painting of Thurman Munson was presented to Mrs. Diane Munson by Bobby Murcer, onetime teammate of Munson. The painting is the work of Len Rosoloio. Jim Jensen, Channel 2 newscaster, was master of Ceremonies. Mel Allen introduced dais guests. [[3 images]]
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