Mike Flanagan 1951 – 2011

by J-Stacknik

Flanagan won 167 games over his 18-year major league career. He won the Cy Young Award in 1979, and helped the Orioles win the American League pennant.

Mike Flanagan was an American left-handed pitcher who played most of his career with the Baltimore Orioles. On August 24, 2011 Flanagan’s body was found on his property the cause of death was a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. He was 59 years old.

Flanagan graduated from Manchester Memorial High School, he played on the baseball and basketball teams that each won consecutive New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Class L titles. He was chosen by the Houston Astros in the 15th round (346th overall) at the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft but did not sign a contract due to an arm injury he suffered while playing in an American Legion World Series game.

After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he played baseball in 1972 and 1973 Flanagan was selected again in the 1973 MLB Draft, this time with the Baltimore Orioles in the 7th round (159th overall). He made his major league baseball debut on September 5, 1975 where he pitched in relief of starter Wayne Garland, in a 5-4 victory. He played his first full season in 1977 where he finished with a record of 15 wins 10 losses. He was the team’s most dependable pitcher for the next nine years. He went to the All-Star Game in 1978 and won the Cy Young Award in 1979.

Mike Flanagan was survived by his wife Alex and daughters Kerry, Kathryn and Kendall.

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