151. Mike Flanagan, baseball

The <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000160" title="Baltimore Orioles" href="/topic/sports/baseball/baltimore-orioles-ORSPT000160.topic">Orioles</a> rode to the 1979 World Series behind Flanagan, a gutsy left-hander  with a sweeping curve and a devastating sinker. He went 23-9, pitched five shutouts and won the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="15007001" title="American League" href="/topic/sports/baseball/american-league-15007001.topic">American League</a> <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000088" title="Cy Young Award" href="/topic/sports/baseball/cy-young-award-EVSPR000088.topic">Cy Young Award</a>. In 15 years here, he won 141 games, a world championship and the respect of a city that watched him pitch through pain. Flanagan died in 2011 of a self-inflicted gunshot.

( Baltimore Sun photo / April 4, 1980 )

The Orioles rode to the 1979 World Series behind Flanagan, a gutsy left-hander with a sweeping curve and a devastating sinker. He went 23-9, pitched five shutouts and won the American League Cy Young Award. In 15 years here, he won 141 games, a world championship and the respect of a city that watched him pitch through pain. Flanagan died in 2011 of a self-inflicted gunshot.

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