Full Name: Dennis Dale McLain
Profession: Baseball Pitcher
Biography: Denny McLain was an outstanding American baseball pitcher in the 1960s and 70s.
His Major League Baseball career spanned 10 seasons, most notably for the Detroit Tigers with whom in 1968 he became the most recent MLB pitcher to win 30 or more games during a season (31–6). It's a feat accomplished by only 11 players in the 20th century.
The 3-time All Star had stellar seasons in 1968 and 1969 which included consecutive AL Cy Young awards and AL wins leader titles; as well as a World Series victory and AL MVP in 1968.
Often brash, outspoken and sometimes controversial McLain was associated with organised crime, serving time in prison when convicted of drug trafficking, embezzlement and racketeering.
Since a premature retirement from baseball at just 29, McLain has dabbled in radio, television and music.
Born: March 29, 1944
Birthplace: Markham, Illinois, USA
Age: 79 years old
Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aries
- 1963-04-08 Detroit Tigers claim young pitcher Denny McLain on waivers from the Chicago White Sox; 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
Biographies and Sources
- Denny McLain - Baseball Almanac