O’s legend and Cy Young winner Mike Flanagan is dead, WBAL-TV reports. He was 59, and he was one hell of a left-hander.
Update: Richard Justice, who covered Flanny, penned a beautiful tribute.
Update No. 2: Video of Jim Palmer talking about his old friend, teammate and colleague is a must-watch.
Update No. 3: WBAL is reporting that it was a suicide, caused in part by the Orioles’ continued struggles. As if this wasn’t already sad enough.
Update No. 4: Head to BLS for a great Flanny pic, stay for the words.