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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: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2011 1:28 am

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Mike Flanagan gave much of his life to Baltimore and to the Orioles. Much of what he did, the community took for granted. The working out late at night while he was playing; reviewing tapes of players and hours on the road away from his wife and family to help bring the Orioles back to prominence. They only cheered and supported him outwardly on the diamond; clear and direct recognition to where he immediately felt the love and admiration of thousands of people at a single moment in time. Even when he pitched badly, he was still applauded for his effort with the fans saying, "You'll get them next time", thinking that perhaps all the effort that everyone didn't see was still somehow appreciated.

Nobody will ever know or understand why he took his life. One could speculate that the passion that kept him in Baltimore triggered the emotion of emptiness and failure to the point, "There is no next time." Who knows? Please remember the competitor, the teammate, the executive, the broadcaster who gave everything he had to Baltimore in support of his passion.

Please do not judge him. If you a person of Faith, then pray his soul.  Otherwise show support to the ones he left behind.   Always be positive when you
speak of him and what he has done.  It will only serve you who want to tear him down. The only left is his legacy.  

“It’s OK Mike, you get ‘um next time.”

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:16 am

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot


Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:44 pm

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

I can tell its getting late all the rookies and teh pros are trying to scrambble to get points in. your all a bunch of let the man rest in peace.Surprised

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:42 pm

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot he is going to hell for it? you say that so mattr of fact. you just know this to be fact huh? i agree with showing more respect for god, but i like what someone else posted..."this will between mike and god"...certainly not you

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:39 pm

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

I was replying to dynamos7.....sorry. This is just a sad story and I hope his family gets through it in time....

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:37 pm

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

You are a clueless heartless dick head.

Since: Aug 1, 2008
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:34 pm

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

Only people who believe in Hell are too stupid to realize that we're already living as close to Hell as possible.
Go do something good and stop condemning others.

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:33 pm
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Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: August 25, 2011 10:21 pm

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

It could have been an accident and he got shot in his face...why is everyone assuming he ment to take is life...and only God judges if you are
 a true Christian...if he took his life---let's leave that betwen him and his Lord... 

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

Report: Flanagan died from self-inflicted gunshot

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.
I respect your opinion, but this is not the forum to preach or prod religeous or political views.  If that is how you really feel, don't judge anyone.  The last I checked, that is breaking one of the 10 Commandments.  Either give respects or just don't say anything, this is a sports board...

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