Munsey, Warren (Sonny) (1982)
Warren “Sonny” Munsey was not only a great baseball player, he was a great athlete. One of the finest athletes to ever wear the colors of Morse High School.
As a fearless catcher who hit tape-measure homers with regularity, Munsey led Morse to the state baseball championship in 1953. A year earlier, he led the football team to the state crown too. as he was 2 power-driving fullback. He also played basketball.
His tenacity from the football field helped him out as a catcher. Munsey, a flawless fielder who had a career schoolboy average of .361, showed plenty of courage when he would block the plate in the best Mickey Owens style.
The first Bath athlete to get a direct call from a major league club, Munsey played two years in the New York Yankee farm system before an arm injury cut short a promising career. While at the farm club in Bristol, Va., in 1954, Munsey was married to Carolyn Jane Herrin, then of West Bath, at home plate. Nevertheless, despite the excitement, Munsey paced his team to win that night with two singles and a double.
An all-state catcher during his entire high school career, Munsey died unexpectedly in 1973, at the tender age of 38. In his honor each year, the Smith Tobey Post (a team he helped gain two state Legion titles) gives out a sportsmanship award to a Bath youngster.