Saturday, August 27, 2011

Former Orioles pitcher suicide

The former pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles, Mike Flanagan, was found dead a few yards from his home at 59 years old.

The authorities ruled that the death of former pitcher Mike Flanagan was a suicide. The medical examiner's office in Maryland said the winner of the Cy Young in 1979 died of a gunshot wound to the head.

The body of retired pitcher was found about 76 meters from home. An investigation revealed that Flanagan was alone in his residence and had financial problems. He left no suicide note.

Police said Flanagan's wife spoke to him last on the morning of August 24. The woman told authorities that her husband seemed upset and agreed to talk again.

She said that when Flanagan was not contacted, she called a neighbor to come and see him and the neighbor contacted the emergency system when not found in the house.

Flanagan pitched most of his career with the Baltimore Orioles, and retired in 1992 after 18 major league seasons with a record of 167-143 and 3.90 ERA.

He won the AL Cy Young in 1979, when he had a 23-9 record, 3.08 ERA and 190 strikeouts.

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