Those of you that know me or have read my blogs, know that I’m a huge hockey fan. However, when I was 10,11,12 years old I was just as big a baseball fan. I have little to no interest in the sport now.
The entire 1983 World Series has a special place in my heart. As I posted on my Facebook page yesterday, Cal Ripken was, and is, my biggest hero. But I loved the whole team and Mike Flanagan, was a major part of my love for baseball.
23 of Flanagan’s 167 wins came in the 1979 season. The same year he won the AL Cy Young Award (the second most recent Orioles pitcher to receive that honor and to achieve 20+ wins). At the age of 31 in 1983, he was a fantastic 12-4 with a 3.30 ERA, while only starting 20 games.
He was the last Orioles pitcher to throw a no hitter. In 1991 he threw the final inning ever pitched at Memorial Stadium.
He is a an Orioles Hall of Famer, was pitching coach and became a general manager of the team.
I was shocked when I heard about his passing last night and sadder than I thought I would be. Not that I had given much thought to any of the guys on that World Series team passing, with its relatively recent occurrence.
Even if ESPN, doesn’t think it’s a big story to report, in Baltimore it’s huge. I listened to Mike & Mike and half of The Herd this morning and didn’t hear a single mention of the story. I did finally hear mention of it on ESPN Radio around 5 p.m.
Baltimore has lost a legend, an icon, a family member.
Rest In Peace number 46. You will be missed.