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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

The Not-Quite-Legendary in New York Sports History: Mel Stottlemyre

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We all know about the great athletes in New York sports history – Babe Ruth, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Mark Messier, Walt Frazier – and even the busts – Ed Whitson, Mo Vaughn, Roberto Alomar, Stephon Marbury, Scott Gomez. But what about the slightly-to-highly-above-average athlete? The kind-of-great but not all-timer? They may not have been Hall-of-Famers, but they were All-Stars, fan favorites, cogs on a championship team or maybe even just pretty darn good. They’re the little brother that didn’t hog all the attention. But they’re certainly worth talking about and remembering. So when do they get their due? Well, now they will. Here is a series of the not-quite-legendary in New York sports history.

Mel Stottlemyre spent all 11 seasons of his pitching career with the New York Yankees, yet, amazingly, didn’t win a World Series with the team. That almost seems impossible. Along with Don Mattingly and Bobby Murcer, he’s one of the all-time great Bronx Bombers who went ringless with the franchise. He’s probably most remembered for his years spent as …

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