Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher and four-time all-star Mike Cuéllar has died of stomach cancer at age 72, the team said Saturday. Orioles officials said Cuéllar died Friday at the Orlando, Fla., Regional Medical Center.
A native of Cuba, Cuellar logged 15 major league seasons after first being signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Reds in 1957. He became a star during his stint the Orioles from 1969-76. With the Birds, he posted a 143-88 mark with a 3.18 earned-run average in 290 games (283 starts), making the A.L. All-Star squad four times. Cuéllar was a co-winner of the AL Cy Young Award in 1969 with a 23-11 mark and 2.38 ERA. The next year he went 24-8 with a 3.48 ERA, four shutouts and 21 complete games for Baltimore’s 1970 World Series championship team.