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Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Posted on: August 25, 2011 12:59 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 1:32 pm
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By Matt Snyder

Former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan was found dead Wednesday and several outlets reported it was an apparent suicide by the 59 year old. Thursday, the Baltimore Sun is reporting Flanagan took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot. Authorities reportedly received a 911 call at 4:26 p.m. ET Wednesday to report a death. Police officers then found Flanagan's body on a trail that lead to a barn on his property. The report also indicated the wound was to Flanagan's face, so it was initally difficult for police to identify the body as Flanagan's.

"It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of my friend Mike Flanagan earlier this evening," Orioles owner Peter Angelos said in a statement released by the team Wednesday night. "In over a quarter century with the organization, Flanny became an integral part of the Orioles family, for his accomplishments both on and off the field. His loss will be felt deeply and profoundly by all of us with the ballclub and by Orioles fans everywhere who admired him. On behalf of the club I extend my condolences to his wife, Alex; and daughters Kerry, Kathryn and Kendall."

Flanagan won the Cy Young Award in 1979 -- when he went 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA -- and was a member of the Orioles' 1983 World Series championship team. In parts of 18 seasons, Flanagan went 167-143 with a 3.90 ERA. He also pitched for the Blue Jays from 1987-90.

Flanagan also spent time as a member of the team's broadcast crew and in the team's front office.

"It's just shock right now," former Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey told the Baltimore Sun. "I know everybody that played with him loved him to death. He was the backbone of that pitching staff. He never quit — this guy never quit. He was there for the duration. We had so many great games and so many great times. I just can't believe it."

"I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing," Cal Ripken, Jr. said in a statement. "He was a good friend and teammate and our thoughts are with Alex and his family. Mike was an Oriole through and through and he will be sorely missed by family, friends and fans. This is a sad day."

Finally, the Flanagan family has issued a statement through the Orioles' front office (via Orioles Insider):

"We thank you for your support and kind words at this difficult time. Thank you for respecting our privacy as we grieve. A private memorial will be held at a later date."

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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Preach somewhere else jerkoff


MiddleFinger
Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:58 pm
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Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:57 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

i hope the Good Lord forgives him for his sin.  i  hope his family will overcome his weakness. may mike rest in peace.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

A sad event (and shame on the heartless, complacent posters who have denigrated what they're lucky enough to "not understand").  As a Yanks fan, I know very well the greatness of Mike Flanagan, as a pitcher, a competitor, and a model of classy comportment.  He clearly touched everyone he played and worked with in deep ways, and loss is tragic.  Condolences to family and friends.  RIP Mike Flanagan.



Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:30 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

RIP Mike Flanigan!  I had the pleasure of going to a few Oriole games at the old Memorial Stadium.  I was in The Marine and stationed at Aberdeen Proving Groung for training.  I got to see him pitch him person at both Fenway Park and in Baltimore and i thought he was an outstanding pitcher. 

My condolences to his wife and daughters and remember that he also gave us so many memeories.  God Bless!


MiddleFinger
Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:29 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Well, not to sound unremorseful, but regardless of his stature in life, because I was a big fan of his as well. The man committed suicide, and he is going to hell for it. I hate to say it like that and sound unsensitive, but we as people need to stop disrespecting God and feeling sorry for people who commit acts like this. suicide is the one sin God does not forgive us for, and Mike Flanagan committed the one sin that is unforgivable. I loved him as well, and use to follow the Orioles very closely in those days. The Baltimore Orioles were a every year contending team back then, and had they has wildcards back then, the Orioles would make the playoffs every year. Truth of the matter is, he committed a cardinal sin, and we must show more respect for God almighty, and stop feeling sorry for people that take their own lives.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

I find this hard to believe as well, who shoots themself in the face?  Way too much chance you'll survive and be mutilated.  Something tells me there's more to this story.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

We don't know yet that he didn't leave a suicide note (I'd be surprised if he didn't).  But the contents of such notes are not usually made public.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

I grew up in DE and was always a Philly sports fan but the Orioles are and always will be a 'second team' to me because of my Father who was a devoted O's fan.  Cal Jr is one of my fav's ever; I certainly remember Mr. Flanagan and their '83 season (Murray, Lowenstein, Bumbry, Palmer, Roenicke, Dempsey, etc).  I'm shocked at hearing this news and it's a tremendously sad time for his family.  I'm just feel very sad for everyone involved.

Peace be with the Flanagan family.




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