We miss you, Mike Flanagan. The 1979 Cy Young Award winner in Baltimore is no longer with is. There is a short story on him in my upcoming book. How he came to the Orioles Store in Washington around 1985 for an autograph session with fans. Except there were no fans in the store. Good marketing eh?
I was a sales rep at the time and a bigger Orioles fan. If Flanagan was upset about the situation he gave no indication. So I went out in the street and tried to peddle free autographs. I was somewhat successful.
But I also used my time wisely. I recalled a game in Kansas City (with George Brett and company). I had watched the game on my black and white TV and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It was as if he was throwing the ball towards the stands and it would break back to a left-handed hitter and freeze them.