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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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MiddleFinger
Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:07 pm
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Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:00 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

I have to say until the case is close, I can't believe Flanagan shot himself.  Rick Dempsey said Flanagan never quit.  I don't believe he quit life.



Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:44 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

You ARE WRONG!! The majority of folks in Baltimore will remember him for the great guy he was. I was lucky to have met him several times. He was a Gentle man. I can't imagine killing myself, but......I and you, aren't him. God grant you peace Flanny!



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

WOW. taking your own life. I just can not imagine going that. I feel for his wife and his kids. I'd like to know what was so wrong in Mr. Flanagan's life that made him do this. 



Since: Dec 13, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

RIP Flanny, I was not a big Oriole fan but I respected you most of all their pitchers.

About the incident, I can say if someone wants to check out and we can prevent that, good.  If someone has a gun, the instrument is meant for death.  I for one know that hunting and self-defense are two completely different things.  You don't need a gun to hunt for food.  But a gun seems to fall into the hands of people with bad thoughts.

So very sorry that it led to this.  Especially for his family, my deepest condolences.
 


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Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 7:43 pm
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Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

best comment ive seen on the sad news and completely agree


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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 5:27 pm
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Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:40 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

you're so right..what can people add to this..then you get Rick Dempsey to say he never quit, this guy never quit, and you wonder how stupid can a person really be?...he shot himself in the face and committed suicide..thats the definition of quitting..so if you want to talk about the man, think before you speak, i dont care what he meant, its what he said



Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

why even enable comments on a story like this?  What can anyone possibly add here?  (I am including myself).  Why do we need a forum for comments on a story about a man taking his own life?  Wow some dude who has never met this man thinks the guy was selfish.  Hey thanks for that.  We're all better for you chiming in.  

 


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