- December 16, 1951
- 185 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-05-1975 with BAL
- Allstar Selections:
- 1979 CY, 1979 TSN
The 1979 American League Cy Young Award winner, Mike Flanagan was a staple in the deep Baltimore pitching rotations of the late 1970s and 1980s. The left-hander won as many as 15 games in a season five times, and was reknowned for his excellent curveball. Like teammate and fellow lefty Scot McGregor, he had a cunning pickoff move and relied heavily on breaking pitches and location. He won 167 games in his 18-year career, all but 31 of them as a member of the Birds. A native of New Hampshire, Flanagan grew up rooting for the Boston Red Sox.
"He's calm and invisible and lays back and, then, for about 10 seconds, he's hilarious." teammate Ken Singleton
"If you know where you come from, you'll always know where you're going."
After the O's dealt him to the Blue Jays in 1987, he was replaced by Jeff Ballard. When the Jays cut him loose after the 1989 season, his spot was handed to David Wells.
He logged 23 wins and easily outdistanced Yankee lefties Ron Guidry and Tommy John to win the Cy Young Award.
On July 13, 1991, Mike Flanagan teamed with Bob Milacki, Mark Williamson and Gregg Olson to pitch a no-hit game against the A's.
On October 6, 1991, Mike Flanagan was on the mound for the final pitch at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.
Flanagan was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in 1971 in the 15th round of the free agent draft, but opted for college instead. He was picked by the Orioles in the seventh round of the 1973 draft. A history of arm problems caused him to slip in the draft.
Ability to throw his curveball for strikes, and his pickoff move.
"Basically an overhand pitcher, but will drop to three-quarters for certain righties and to sidearm for many lefties… [his] curve is now considered to be close to the best in the league." — from the 1984 Scouting Report
"A bulldog on the mound," is how Brooks Robinson once described Flanagan. Flanagan was noted for his sense of humor and he was famous for giving nicknames. Teammate Don Stanhouse was "Stan the Man Unusual." Baltimore scout Jim Russo was "Inspector Rosseau," and Tony Solaita was "Tony Obsoleta." Flanagan dubbed Twins' infielder John Castino, "Clams Castino." Flanagan was the one who christened Scot McGregor "Cy Future," while Jim Palmer was "Cy Old."
Flanagan was 12-1 in two seasons for the University of Massachusetts. He was 9-1 in the Cape Cod League.
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- Mike Flanagan