Former all-star pitcher, three-time 20-game winner for the Borg, pitching coach for the Borg and Mutts and all-round elder statesman for MLB Mel Stottlemyre died in Seattle at 77 following a lengthy battle with cancer today.
He got into one World Series with the Borg in 1964, winning one game and losing one game (Game 7 to Bob Gibson – no shame in that). Otherwise he spent most of his active career pitching for the Borg during their dark days in 1965-1974.
I can’t say he was one of my playing “heroes,” being Borg, but he was a constant presence during my late adolescence and early adulthood. He just had one of those names you always notice buried in a sportscast on the radio when the Smiths, Johnsons and Terwilligers go unperceived in the white noise.
Obituaries accentuate the positive, of course, but from everything I’ve read about him he was the consummate gentleman. Please feel free to share your thoughts and recollections about this iconic ballplayer.