Mike Flanagan, a the 1979 American League Cy Young winner and part of the Baltimore Orioles’ 1983 World Series championship team, was found dead today in his home in Monkton, Maryland. He was 59 years old.
The Orioles confirmed that Flanagan, who served the team as a front office executive and television broadcaster after his pitching days were over, was dead.
Flanagan went 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA over 18 seasons with Baltimore and the division rival Toronto Blue Jays.
An All-Star in 1978, Flanagan won the the Cy Young in 1979, going 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA and five shutouts. He helped take to Os to the World Series, where they lost in seven games to the famous Pittsburgh Pirates “We are Family” team.
Flanagan went 141-116 with the Orioles and is a member of the team’s Hall of Fame at Camden Yards. He’s also a trivia question answer, as he’s the final Oriole to pitch at Memorial Stadium. The ballpark closed in 1991.
“He’s one of our family. A great friend, competitor, whit, funny, hysterical, talented. He was a breath of fresh air with his humor, his insight all those things. He was just a terrific guy,” said former teammate and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer.
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