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RIP Mike Flanagan

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Steak Snabler, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Former Orioles pitcher and 1979 Cy Young Award winner apparently found dead on his Baltimore-area property:

    http://www.wbal.com/absolutenm/templates/story.aspx?articleid=79031&zoneid=40

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-flanagan-house-death-20110824,0,4675762.story

    (Will remove the question mark in the thread title once there's police confirmation that it's Flanagan).
     
  2. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Re: RIP Mike Flanagan?

    Trent Rosencrans at CBSsports.com offers this:

    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22297882/31532739
     
  3. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Re: RIP Mike Flanagan?

    Also, Buster Olney is tweeting extensively about it.
     
  4. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Re: RIP Mike Flanagan?

    Sun confirms Flanagan's death:

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-flanagan-house-death-20110824,0,4675762.story
     
  5. lantaur

    lantaur Active Member

    Re: RIP Mike Flanagan?

    Orioles confirmed it. A lot of Tweeting about it (#RIPMikeFlanagan). Jim Palmer crying during the post-game show on MASN. As a lifelong Orioles fan ... not even sure what to say. RIP.
     
  6. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    This just sucks. A great pitcher on a great team. That 1979 Orioles team was so good it had three games rained out and didn't have to make any up because they ran away from a 95-win Brewers team by eight games.

    I still think that '79 World Series loss to Pittsburgh was one of the bigger upsets in WS history.
     
  7. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Damn. Loved to watch Flanagan pitch because he'd gut out eight innings on nothing but spit (yes, he did) and balls. He battled as well as anyone I ever saw. That Orioles rotation in the late 70s and early 80s that included Flanagan, Palmer, Steve Stone, Scott McGregor and Mike Boddicker was a clinic every game in how to pitch without overpowering batters.
     
  8. Elliotte Friedman

    Elliotte Friedman Moderator Staff Member

    Here's Palmer post-game:

    http://bit.ly/qRFZFu

    As the Blue Jays choked away the division to Detroit in 1987, Flanagan battled Jack Morris on the second-last day of the season. He went 11 innings, gave up 8 hits and 2 runs (1 unearned), striking out 9. It was a game Toronto HAD to have, and he was phenomenal. They finally took him out in the 12th, and Alan Trammell put it through Manny Lee's legs to win it.
     
  9. I'm not an Orioles fan but man, am I saddened about this. I admired those late 70s/early 80s teams and he was tops in '79.

    Sad news.
     
  10. I just read the stories and I see he most likely took his own life. How incredibly sad.

    I think back to the '79 WS, and his gutty performance in Game 1. Threw at least 120 pitches and got out of a lot of jams, including the ninth in a one-run game when Dave Parker was at third base and Willie Stargell at the plate. Got him to pop out to Mark Belanger to end it.

    Old_tony is right ... Orioles should have won that Series. Up 3-1 with Flanagan, Palmer and McGregor in Games 5, 6 and 7? Talk about a sure bet.
     
  11. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Per Yahoo, some TV stations are reporting it might be suicide. I hope that's not true.
     
  12. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    I'm devastated over this. RIP, Flanny.
     
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