Mel Stottlemyre Wiki
Mel Stottlemyre Bio
|Melvin Leon “Mel” Stottlemyre Sr. was born on November 13th, 1941 and died on January 13th, 2019. He was an American professional baseball pitcher and pitching coach. Stottlemyre played for 11 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees and coached for 23 seasons. He was a five-time MLB All-Star and five-time World Series champion, as a coach.|
|Mel Stottlemyre Born: November 13th, 1941, Hazleton, Missouri|
|Mel Stottlemyre Died: January 13th, 2019 (aged 77) Seattle, Washington|
|Mel Stottlemyre Cause of Death: Cancer|
|Mel Stottlemyre Wife: Jean Stottlemyre|
|Mel Stottlemyre Children: Mel Stottlemyre, Jr, Todd Stottlemyre|
|Mel Stottlemyre Net Worth: He Had an estimated Net Worth of $ 1.2 Million|
|August 12, 1964, for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 16, 1974, for the New York Yankees|
|Earned run average||2.97|
Mel Stottlemyre Biography, Career
Stottlemyre pitched in American Legion Baseball and attended Mabton High School in Mabton, Washington, and Yakima Valley Community College. A scout for the New York Yankees discovered Stottlemyre pitching for Yakima’s baseball team, and signed him to a contract with no signing bonus on June 10th, 1961.
Stottlemyre was assigned to the Harlan Smokies of the Rookie-level Appalachian League by The Yankees. After appearing in eight games, the Yankees promoted him to the Auburn Yankees of the Class D New York–Penn League, and he appeared in seven games for Auburn. Stottlemyre pitched to a 17–9 win-loss record and a 2.50 earned run average (ERA) with the Greensboro Yankees of the Class B Carolina League in 1962 and was promoted to the Richmond Virginians of the Class AAA International League in 1963. He alternated between starting and relieving for Richmond, before Ralph Houk, the Yankees’ general manager, insisted that Stottlemyre be used exclusively as a starting pitcher. He recorded a 1.42 ERA in the 1964 season, the best in the International League.
Stottlemyre was Called up midseason in 1964 and went 9–3 to help the Yankees to their fifth consecutive pennant while being on the cover of The Sporting News. In the 1964 World Series, Stottlemyre faced Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals three times in the seven-game Series. Stottlemyre bested Gibson in Game 2 to even the series, and got a no-decision in Game 5, but lost the decisive Game 7 as the Cardinals won the Series.
Stottlemyre was named to the American League’s (AL) roster for the 1965 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game, though he did not appear in the game. He won 20 games in the 1965 season and led the AL with 18 complete games, 291 innings pitched, and 1,188 batters faced. He appeared in the 1966 MLB All-Star Game. He led the league with 20 losses. Stottlemyre won 20 games in the 1968 and 1969 seasons.
Stottlemyre threw 40 shutouts in his 11-season career, the same number as Hall of Fame lefty Sandy Koufax, which ties for 44th best all-time. Eighteen of those shutouts came in a three-season span from 1971-73. The Yankees released Stottlemyre before the 1975 season. Stottlemyre retired with 164 career wins and a 2.97 ERA.
Stottlemyre was renown as a solid hitting pitcher, on July 20th, 1965, Stottlemyre once hit a rare inside-the-park grand slam. On September 26, 1964, he recorded five base hits in five at bats.
Mel Stottlemyre Coaching years (1984–2008)
Stottlemyre re-emerged in baseball as a roving instructor for the Seattle Mariners in 1977. He spent five seasons in that position and was hired by the New York Mets as their pitching coach in November 1983. He served in the role for ten years (including the 1986 World Series championship team) and then followed by a two-year stint as the Houston Astros pitching coach.
New York Yankees (1996–2005)
Stottlemyre joined the Yankees in 1996 as a coaching staff along with the incoming manager Joe Torre. Under Torre, Stottlemyre lowered the team ERA from 4.65 in 1996 to 3.84 in 1997 and then to 3.82 in 1998. Under Stottlemyre, the Yankee team averaged an ERA of 4.23 from 1996 to 2005. The pitching staff was regarded as a major factor in the team’s dynasty years when they won four World Series Championships in five years.
After 10 seasons, Stottlemyre resigned his coaching position on October 12th, 2005, following the Yankees’ ALDS defeat by the Angels. He cited personal disagreements with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner among his reasons for leaving and cited Steinbrenner’s comment that after the division series was over, he had congratulated Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
Seattle Mariners (2008)
Stottlemyre was named pitching coach of the Seattle Mariners under manager John McLaren at the beginning of the 2008 season and was retained by interim manager Jim Riggleman after McLaren’s firing. He was dismissed after the season ended. Following the season, he retired from baseball.
Mel Stottlemyre Honors
The mayor of Mabton, Washington, declared October 12th, 1964 to be “Mel Stottlemyre Day”. He was inducted into the Washington State American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. At Old-Timers’ Day on June 20th, 2015, the Yankees dedicated a plaque in Monument Park in Stottlemyre’s honor.
Mel Stottlemyre Wife, Children
Stottlemyre was raised in the town of Mabton, Washington, located in the south-central part of the state. His wife was Jean Stottlemyre. Their residence is in Issaquah, Washington. Two of his sons, Todd and Mel Jr., followed their father by becoming major league pitchers. His other son, Jason, died of leukemia at the age of 11.
Mel Stottlemyre, Cancer, Death and Cause
Stottlemyre was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (A cancer of plasma cells) in 2000. In remission for several years, he was an avid supporter of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The cancer reappeared in 2011. Stottlemyre succumbed to his illness on January 14, 2019, at the age of 77.
Stottlemyre wrote an autobiography entitled Pride and Pinstripes, published in 2007.
Mel Stottlemyre Tributes
So sad to hear of the passing of Mel Stottlemyre a very decent and kind man to say the least. Tremendous pitching coach & pitcher in his day. #RIPMel
— Ken Singleton (@29alltime) January 14, 2019
We are devastated to hear about the loss of our friend Mel Stottlemyre. An excellent player and coach, and an even more incredible man. Our thoughts are with the entire Stottlemyre family. pic.twitter.com/vb7AmomaKE
— Yogi Berra Museum (@Yogi_Museum) January 14, 2019
From going toe-to-toe with Bob Gibson as a rookie in the ’64 World Series to guiding #Yankees pitchers through a dynasty, Mel Stottlemyre had an incredible career in pinstripes. He will be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/OMXqHeSyd2
— Yankees Magazine (@YanksMagazine) January 14, 2019
Saddened to learn of the passing of Mel Stottlemyre. A nice, honest man. His pitchers so respected him because he was not a fair weather coach. He would ardently defend a Cone, Gooden or Pettitte in their tough moments. And the players felt his loyalty and sincerity. #RIP
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 14, 2019