Big Apple Baseball Legend Stottlemyre Dead At 77

Big Apple Baseball Legend Stottlemyre Dead At 77

Mel Stottlemyre, who pitched for the New York Yankees for 11 seasons and won five World Series titles as a pitching coach for the Yankees and the Mets, died Sunday in Seattle after battling cancer for nearly 20 years.

In parts of eleven big league seasons Stottlemyre went 164-139 with a 2.97 ERA before shoulder trouble forced him into retirement.

He would return to the game in 2008 for a single season with the Seattle Mariners under John McLaren and retired after his dismissal at the conclusion of that year.

Stottlemyre made his major league debut in August 1964, providing a big boost in the pennant race.

Mariners President & CEO Kevin Mather said in the statement: "Mel was an outstanding pitcher, earning his place among the best Yankees pitchers ever, and won five World Titles as a pitching coach, as well as the thanks and respect of a legion of pitchers he coached from youth baseball to the Majors".

"For Met fans, and especially Yankee fans, and for baseball fans everywhere, there's a little sadness today because this was one of the classic gentlemen that the game of baseball produces, and someone that was a very important part of the city for a very long time". He had seven career home runs, including an inside-the-park grand slam in 1965, and once had five hits in a game.

Stottlemyre then moved into the second phase of his career, teaching what he had learned.

After a two-season stint as pitching coach of the Houston Astros, Stottlemyre rejoined the Yankees in 1996 and quickly factored into the team's success as they won the World Series that season - the first of four championships, including three straight from 1998-2000, with him in that role. She's the strongest person I know ...

"We all know he's a tough man, " Mel Jr. told The Seattle Times in 2016.

Though born in Missouri, Stottlemyre grew up in Washington and starred at both Mabton High School and Yakima Valley Community College.

Details of death: Died at the age of 77 after battling bone marrow cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, and sons Todd and Mel Jr.

In 2015, the Yankees surprised Stottlemyre at Old Timers' Day and announced he would be honored with a plaque in Monument Park. "If I never get to come to another Old Timers' Day, I will take these memories and I'll start another baseball club, coaching up (in heaven), whenever they need me".

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