We remember Mike Cuellar, 1937 – 2010

Oriole great Mike Cuellar died in Florida on this day in 2010. He had been ill for a few months. Mike was the greatest Cuban left-hander in major league history. All together, he won 185 games, shared the 1969 Cy Young with Denny McClain and pitched the complete game that won the 1970 World Series.

Cuellar was a 20-game winner in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1974. He represented the AL in 4 All Star games.

My favorite Cuellar memory was the 1974 season. The O’s won 28 of the last 34 and Cuellar was in the middle of it all. At one point, he pitched back to back complete games on 2-days rest. It was awesome!

Beyond the numbers, he was a family friend and very nice man.

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