Wednesday, January 16, 2019

RIP - Mel Stottlemyre


Mel Stottlemyre, the Yankees' pitching ace after the Whitey Ford era, passed away on January 13, 2019 at age 77.


Stottlemyre joined the Yankees in 1964, and pitched for them through the 1974 season. He was a key starter for them from 1965 through 1973.

Mel won 20 or more games three times ('65, '68, and '69), not an easy task in the late-1960s. He was also an All-Star five times from 1965-70.

After his playing career, Stottlemyre was a minor-league instructor for the Mariners from 1977-81, then spent 10 seasons (1983-92) as the Mets' pitching coach.

He moved uptown in 1996 to be the Yankees' pitching coach, remaining there through the 2005 season. In 2008, he returned to the Mariners as their pitching coach for one season.

New York Times obituary

Fox News obituary

ESPN obituary

1 comment:

Bill White said...

Sad to hear. The baseball heroes of our youth are gradually fading away. Thanks for posting the link to his obituary. I liked the headline referring to the "lean years". His accomplishments were extraordinary considering the Yankee heavyweights (Mantle, etc.) were gone or winding down their careers. The 67 card is a great representation of an excellent player.