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Denny Mclain Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

DENNY McLAIN
Born: March 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 1" Weight: 185
First Game: September 21, 1963 ; Final Game: September 12, 1972
Awards and Achievements
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1968)
Named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News (1968)
Named AL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1968 to 1969)
Named AL Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News (1968 to 1969)
Named pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1968)
Named right-handed pitcher on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1969)
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Denny McLain This article was written by Mark Armour and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research On September 19, 1968, at Tiger Stadium, Detroit right-hander Denny McLain was cruising along in the top of the eighth with a 6–1 lead over the New York Yankees. He had won his 30th game five days earlier, and the Tigers had already clinched the American League pennant. When Yankees first baseman Mickey Mantle came to bat with one out and nobody on, McLain let Mantle know that he would give him whatever pitch Mickey wanted. After a few batting practice fastballs were skeptically ignored or fouled off, Mantle signaled for a fastball letter high, McLain delivered it, and the Mick deposited it into the right-field seats. It was Mantle's 535th career home run, passing Jimmie Foxx for third place all-time. McLain was coy in the locker room, and later received a stern rebuke from Commissioner William Eckert, but has freely admitted the circumstances of the event over the subsequent years.It was classic McLain: charming, cocky, arrogant, reckless. Just 24 years old, and arguably the biggest star in his sport at that moment, McLain had played by his own rules his whole life, and as baseball's first 30-game winner in 34 years, he was not going to be changing any time soon. He had a prickly relationship with his teammates, managers, the fans, and the city of Detroit, all of which he was apt to criticize at the slightest provocation. Bill Freehan, his catcher, once wrote, "The rules for Denny just don't seem to be the same as for the rest of us."A virtual gunfighter on the mound, McLain pulled his hat brim down so low that he had to tilt his head backward to see the signs from his catcher. He worked fast and without deception, throwing pitch after pitch in the strike zone, even ahead in the count. Although he had a change and overhand curve, he used fastballs and hard sliders for the most part, challenging the hitter with every pitch, often throwing one letter-high fastball after another. If a batter hit the ball hard, the next time up McLain would just give him the same pitch in the same location. "Here you go," he seemed to say, "let's see you hit it again."
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