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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
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: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:42 pm
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Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:39 pm

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

R.I.P. Flanny, as I grew up with Baseball as my favorite sport, I was amazed at how he stuck it out with an organization that always had a cloud over them.
I know that Flanny had jokes for everyone, as I remember him back in the day. even as far back as last summer when I went to Camden Yards, I saw him on MASN the night before I went ,and he had jokes on the post game. 
Angelos has run that organization into the ground. Not that Flanny could do ANYTHING be cause the Orioles have no farm and well the players they sign now a days are on their last leg. literally.
Jim Palmer Flanny Stone.. man they were the Smack down all Cy Young rotation at one point be fore free agency really took off and guys just wanted this many millions there was the Love of the game.... and Flanny was a good example.
My father (R.I.P. Dad) would by me 1 card pack a week and when I turned 18 I got used to buying at least 10 cards a week.
so when I heard this horrible news yesterday afternoon, I went through my cards I have with me and I found 6 of Flanny.
5 Orioles and 1 Blue Jays, I am sure I have more.
I live in Boston, yet I am in Baltimore Co. 1 weekend a month or when the Red Sox go. This year I been already so I am gonna tip my Cap to him this evening
No matter how or why he took his life; why he left us to wonder.. I will remember the jokes he had that are in print  and that have been recalled.
Baltimore, for once you have my Condolences.. Really and Truly.

Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:34 pm

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Tragic tragic tragic - what could drive you to that A great pitcher - it is so sad, prayers to the family

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Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:19 pm

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Ah jeez... so saddened by his death.  Heard news last night but it hit home listening to Kirkjian this morning.  (Deep breath).  All I can say is thoughts and prayers. 

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