One of the star pitchers for the New York Yankees in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a key coach for their late-90s dynasty, has passed away.
Former Yankees pitcher and assistant coach Mel Stottlemyre passed away on Sunday after battling bone cancer. He was 77 years old.
Stottlemyre pitched for the Bronx Bombers from 1964 to 1974, becoming a five-time All-Star as the Yankees’ ace. His overall record was 164-139 with a career ERA of 2.97.
Mel Stottlemyre, New York baseball legend, dead at 77
Ace of the Yankee pitching staffs was a 5x All-Star
A tutor for Doc Gooden, Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens among othershttps://t.co/BgHgoEss80
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 14, 2019
Though he never won a World Series title as a player, Stottlemeyer proved to be an asset for both New York baseball teams as a coach.
Mel Stottlemyre, the fabulous pitcher and even greater man, passes away at the age of 77.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 14, 2019
Stottlemyre was a pitching coach for the New York Mets on their 1986 World Series team.
He joined manager Joe Torre as a pitching coach with the Yankees in 1995 and helped develop the rotation into one that would win four World Series titles in five years.
Stottlemyre was inducted in the Yankees’ Monument Park in 2015.
Rest in peace, Mel.