Long-time Giants pitcher Mike McCormick, who won the Cy Young Award in 1967, died. He was 81.
The Giants say McCormick died Saturday at his home in North Carolina after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
McCormick has played 16 years in the majors from 1956-71 with the Giants, Orioles, Senators, Yankees and members of the Royal family. He had a 134-128 record with a 3.73 ERA, and his greatest achievements came with the Giants.
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“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mike McCormick, a true gentleman, and ever, Giant,” Giants President and ceo Larry Baer said. “Like many Giants fans, I have very fond childhood memories of watching Mike pitch at Candlestick Park, and was blessed to call him my friend these past 30 years. As a member of the inauguration of the San Francisco Giants team in 1958, Mike has helped to establish baseball on the West Coast, and then went on to play a major role in the legendary Giants teams of the 1960s, becoming San Francisco’s first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award.”
McCormick has signed with the Giants as a 17-year-old “bonus baby” in 1956 for$ 50,000, requiring it to waive to the minors at the beginning of his career. He has recorded 50 wins before turning 23 and was the youngest player to reach this stage until Dwight Gooden broke the record in 1986.
He made his biggest impact on the franchise after the move from New York to San Francisco in 1958. He has recorded at least 10 wins each year from 1958-61 and has led the National League with a 2.70 ERA in the 1960s, when he was named an All-Star for the first time in his career.
McCormick was traded to Baltimore in 1962 to the rest of the season and has struggled for four seasons in the American League with the Orioles, and Washington.
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He was traded by the Senators to return to the Giants following the 1966 season and had a remarkable rebound of the campaign. He went 22-10, leading the league in wins, and posted a 2.85 ERA. He completed 14 games and five shutouts, and was the first San Francisco pitcher to win the Cy Young Award.
He won 23 games combined the next two seasons, before being traded to the Yankees during the 1970 season. He then spent his last season with the members of the Royal family.
McCormick is recognized as the player who hit the 500th home run ever by a pitcher in the majors and gave up Hank Aaron’s 500th home run. Because of these two exploits, her personalized plate read ” Mr. 500. ”
McCormick is survived by his wife, Dierdre; their daughter, Tara, and his children Mike Jr., Matthew and Stacy from a first marriage; six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his daughter Susan from his first wife, Carolyn.