Thurman Munson, an initiate of Delta Upsilon at Kent State University, was a baseball catcher. He spent his entire 11-year MLB career playing for the New York Yankees. He won Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards. Munson died in a plane crash on August 2, 1979.
Delta Upsilon presents the Holtz-Munson Award of Merit in sports to members who have “exhibited excellence or notoriety in their profession.” It was first awarded in 2015 and is named to honor Munson and football coach Lou Holtz, also an initiate of the Kent State chapter.