Inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2012, Mike “Moose” Mussina is #5 on the list of local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t. His performance in Baltimore from 1991-2000 was nothing short of sensational, as he finished 4th in Cy Young voting in 1992 and later led the A.L. in victories in 1995 with 19. Mussina became the symbol of the start of the Orioles fall from grace in 2000 when he signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees after Orioles owner Peter Angelos refused to pay him market value to re-sign in Baltimore. Mussina would go on to enjoy a highly successful career in pinstripes, playing in two World Series’ but failing to win a championship ring. He finished his career with 270 wins and remains a highly debated Baseball Hall of Fame candidate.
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