Jean Stottlemyre is the beautiful, loving and caring wife of Mel Stottlemyre; the former MLB player and coach. He spent 10 seasons with the New York Yankees, scoring 164 career wins and a 2.97 ERA.
After his retirement in 1975, he became the coach of the team he once played for. As coach, Mel won five World Series. In 2000, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He was in remission until 2011 when the cancer reappeared.
Cancer has struck them twice, however Mel and Jean Stottlemyre remained strong. Jean has kept her family strong, even when she lost her 11 year-old son to leukemia. Mel gets very emotional when he talks about Jean.
“She has been through hell,’’ Mel said. “She has done everything, everything for me. I’ve told her many times, if it was reversed, I couldn’t do it though. She’s the strongest person I know … My care at the hospital has been outstanding, but my care at home has been unbelievable.
“Jean’s just on top of everything. She’s meant the world to me. She’s kept me alive.”
Jean Stottlemyre met Mel in the 60’s in Mabton, Yakima, Jean born Sally Jean on November, 13, 1943. Jean and Mel have been married for 53 years. They’ve been blessed with three sons.
Mel Stottlemyre Jr. is a former pitcher and now the pitching coach for the Seattle Mariners was born on December 28, 1963; on May 20, 1965 their son Todd Vernon Stottlemyre was born. He was previously a MLB pitcher now a stock market analyst.
The youngest Jayson was 11 when he passed away from Leukemia in 1981.