NY Baseball Legend Mel Stottlemyre passes away

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2 Apr 2001: Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre #34 of the New York Yankees throws out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. The Yankees won 7-3. Digital Image. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Squire/ALLSPORT

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – New York Baseball Legend Mel Stottlemyre passed away at the age of 77 after a long battle with cancer.

Stottlemyre was a pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1964 to 1974. He served as the Yankees pitching coach from 1996 to 2005. He also coached the New York Mets from 1984 to 1993, Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.

“Mel’s popularity transcended generations, all of whom thought of him as their own. His plaque in Monument Park will forever serve to celebrate the significance of his legacy. We extend our deepest condolences to Mel’s wife Jean and the entire Stottlemyre family,” Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement.

In 2000, according to MLB.com, Stottlemyre was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.

He passed away on Sunday.

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