Mike Flanagan was getting pounded all over the ballpark in Osaka, Japan, when Orioles manager Joe Altobelli went to the mound to end the misery that day in 1984.

'Not your day, Flanny,' Altobelli said as Flanagan handed him the ball.

Flanagan paused before leaving the mound.

'You know,' he said, 'I heard this might happen.'

'What’s that?' Altobelli asked.

'My slider breaks the opposite way on this side of the world,' he said without cracking a smile.

Richard Justice at The Houston Chronicle shares some memories of Mike Flanagan. There will certainly be many reaction to the man’s passing over the next few days. Mr. Flanagan was winning games before my time, but his legacy has become quickly evident to me.
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