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Flanagan, a memorable man

Kurkjian: "No one made me laugh like Mike Flanagan. Tonight, he made me cry."

Updated: August 26, 2011, 2:46 AM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN.com

I have been frequently asked to name my favorite player or the funniest player that I have ever covered, and the answer to both questions has been the same since I first met Mike Flanagan in 1979. He was the wittiest, sharpest, most clever baseball player I've ever seen, a guy who -- no matter the subject -- always provided perspective and context, usually wrapped in a laugh. On Wednesday night, Mike Flanagan died at age 59.

"Flanny," as everyone called him, had not been his usual ...

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