SPARKS, Md. (AP) — Records show former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan threatened to kill himself several times before committing suicide last month.

Flanagan, who won the Cy Young award in 1979 and was a member of the Orioles’ 1983 world championship team, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside his Baltimore County home.

Records obtained by The Baltimore Sun reveal that Flanagan had previously threatened to shoot himself, and had walked outside with a gun several times but that his wife, Alex, discouraged him from suicide each time.

Alex Flanagan told detectives that the couple was upset that he had been working without a contract for a year and a half as a commentator with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network. The Orioles’ communications director says Flanagan had a contract and was being paid.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. Carl Eaton says:

    Flanny was a classy act. May God bless his soul.

  2. common sense says:

    Let this mans family and friends move on. This article serves little purpose but to stir up emotions that the family and friends should be dealing with in private.

  3. Jane Sellman says:

    This is really none of our business — it’s a private family matter not fodder for the media. My condolences to Flanny’s family. I will miss his voice and his class.

  4. sheriff says:

    Very sad Flanagan couldn’t get the help he desperately needed. Previous poster is correct, this notice in the news serves no useful purpose & I wish the Sunpaper & WJZ would refrain from commenting on it & let the healing process with the family continue.

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