- All-Star in 1965, 66, 68-70
Called up from Richmond in midsummer 1964 for the pennant race, the sinkerballer
went 9-3 to help the Yankees win their fifth consecutive AL pennant. In the World
Series against the Cardinals, he won Game Two with a complete-game 8-3 victory and
pitched well in Game Five, surrendering two runs in seven innings for a no-decision.
But, coming back on two days' rest (ace Whitey Ford had arm trouble), Stottlemyre
lost the final game when he surrendered three runs in the fourth inning.
the Yankee dynasty collapsed around him in 1965, Stottlemyre went 20-9, leading the
AL in innings and complete games. He led the league with 20 losses in 1966, and tied
for the lead with 18 losses in 1972, his only losing seasons before his final campaign.
Through the Yankees' fallow period he remained the classy, reliable staff ace and
had two more 20-win seasons (1968-69), serving as one of the team's few ties to a
more successful era. He pitched at least 250 innings in each of his nine full seasons.
A torn rotator cuff forced his retirement in 1974, just before the Yankees began
a new era.
Stottlemyre is currently the Mets' pitching coach, and supervised the
conversion of Dwight Gooden from a pure power pitcher to a wilier and hopefully more
durable style. His son Todd pitches for the Blue Jays, and Mel Jr. played in the
Mets' farm system.