Orioles to honor Flanagan with patch

BY foxsports • August 26, 2011

The Baltimore Orioles announced Friday they will wear a patch on their uniforms in honor of former pitcher Mike Flanagan, who committed suicide at his Maryland home.

The black patch will have the nickname "Flanny" written in white letters. The team will wear them for the first time Friday night against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.

In addition, there will be a moment of silence before the game, while a black banner with No. 46 will be unveiled above the press box. An Orioles flag above the park will fly at half-staff for the remainder of the season.

Flanagan, 59, was found dead on his northern Baltimore County property Wednesday afternoon, and authorities said Thursday he had died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Flanagan's body was found outside his house in Monkton, Md., about 30 miles north of Baltimore, along a trail leading to a barn. Police said he did not leave a note, but their investigation found he had been upset over financial issues.

Flanagan won 167 games over his 18-year major league career. He also won the Cy Young Award in 1979, winning 23 games and helping the Orioles to the American League pennant. He went 12-4 for the World Series champion Orioles in 1983.

He was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame in 1994.

Flanagan later served as Orioles pitching coach in 1995 and 1998 and was also executive VP of baseball operations for the Orioles from 2005 to 2008. He joined Mid-Atlantic Sports Network in 2010 to serve as a color commentator for Orioles games.



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