Former pitcher had lengthy ties to Orioles

  • Updated: August 25, 2011 - 6:44 AM

Mike Flanagan, a former Cy Young winner and part of the Baltimore Orioles 1983 World Series championship team, has died. He was 59.

Mike Flanagan, a former Cy Young winner and part of the Baltimore Orioles’ 1983 World Series championship team, has died. He was 59.

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BALTIMORE - Mike Flanagan, a former Cy Young winner and part of the Baltimore Orioles' 1983 World Series championship team, has died. He was 59.

Authorities found a body outside Flanagan's home in Monkton, Md., Wednesday afternoon. Hours later, the Orioles confirmed that Flanagan -- who served the team as a pitcher, front office executive and television broadcaster -- was dead.

"I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. He was a good friend and teammate," said Hall of Fame third baseman Cal Ripken Jr., a former teammate of Flanagan's. "... Mike was an Oriole through and through."

Flanagan was a crafty lefthander who went 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA over 18 seasons with Baltimore and Toronto. He didn't possess an overpowering fastball, but won a fair share of games by depending on a slow curve, a sinker and a changeup.

Flanagan received the Cy Young Award with the Orioles in 1979 after going 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA and five shutouts. The Orioles lost the World Series that year to Pittsburgh.

"We were a family," former teammate and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer said. "It's devastating."

Manager Buck Showalter fought back tears after Wednesday's game. Winning pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was signed by Flanagan and wears his number, 46.

"Since the day I was given the number 46 I've had thousands of people tell me that that was the number of their favorite pitcher for the Orioles when they were growing up," Guthrie said.

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