On March 18, 1984, famed batting coach Charley Lau dies from cancer at the age of 50. Lau had served as a coach for the Oakland A’s, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. Although his hitting philosophies created controversy, Lau gained his greatest acclaim for his work with future Hall of Famer George Brett.
August 8, 1934
Mel Stottlemyre Sr., the Astros’ pitching coach from 1994-95, passes away from cancer at age 77. In an 11-year career with the Yankees, the righthander won 164 games and was a five-time All-Star. He owned another footnote in Houston history as the opposing starting pitcher for the first game in the Astrodome.
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