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Denny McLain

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain

Profession: MLB Pitcher

United States of America

Why Famous: AL Cy Young Award 1968-69

Born: March 29, 1944
Birthplace: Markham, Illinois, USA
Age: 77 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aries

Historical Events

  • 1963-04-08 Detroit Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain on waivers from the Chicago WS; McLain goes on the win Cy Young Award 1968, 69 and AL MVP 1968
  • 1965-06-15 Detroit pitcher Denny McLain in relief strikes out first 7 batters faced & record 14 in 6 2/3 innings in Tigers 6-5 win over Boston Red Sox; Bill Freehan ties catcher record of 19 putouts
  • 1968-09-14 Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain's 30th victory of season
  • 1968-09-19 Denny McLain's 31st win & Mickey Mantle's 535th HR
  • 1968-10-02 1st time, 2 soon-to-be-named MVPs oppose each other Cards Bob Gibson beat Tigers Denny McLain 4-0
  • 1968-11-01 Detroit pitcher Denny McLain is named unanimous AL Cy Young Award winner after finishing MLB season, 31-6 for World Series winning Tigers
  • 1968-11-05 1st AL pitcher to win MVP, Denny McLain (wins unanimously)
  • 1969-11-06 Inaugural Cy Young Award is a tie between Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain
  • 1970-02-19 AL Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain suspended for bookmaking
  • 1970-09-09 Bowie Kuhn suspends Denny McLain for carrying a gun
  • 1984-03-19 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is indicted on charges of drug trafficking, embezzlement and racketeering; 25 year sentence later quashed
  • 1985-03-16 Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is convicted of embezzlement and drug trafficking; sentenced to 25 years but conviction later reversed

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