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Mel Stottlemyre (1941 – 2019), Yankees legend

by Kirk Fox

Mel Stottlemyre (1941 – 2019) was a five time All-Star pitcher for the New York Yankees who became a top pitching coach. He was a Yankee his entire playing career, winning 20 games 3 times when the Yankees were not at the top of the league. He became a highly sought after pitching coach who tutored Dwight Gooden and Roger Clemons, winning 4 World Series rings as a coach with the Yankees and one with the Mets.  

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Died: Sunday January 13, 2019. (Who else died on January 13?)


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

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His moving speech at the 2015 Yankees Oldtimers Day: “Today in this Stadium, there is no one that’s happier to be on this field than myself,” he said, choking up. “This is such a shock to me because the era I played in is an era where, for the most part, the Yankees have tried over the years, I think, somewhat to forget a little bit…If I never get to come to another Oldtimers Day, I will take these memories and I’ll start another baseball club, coaching up there, whenever they need me.”

What people said about him: “Beyond his tremendous accomplishments as a player and coach, Mel Stottlemyre was beloved for his class, dignity and fighting spirit.” – Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement Monday.

“RIP Mel Stottlemyre- one of the best humans I have ever met – Sending love and respect to his family.” – Comedian Billy Crystal on Twitter

“He was more than a great pitcher and fantastic pitching coach. He was a father figure and touched so many in a positive way. We lost a great man. RIP” – Former Mets pitcher David Cone on Twitter

Full obituary: New York Daily News

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