CLINTON – Denny McLain, the most recent 30-game winner in Major League Baseball, will make a return trip to Ashford University Field in Clinton next month.
McLain, 69, will interact with fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures before and during the the Clinton LumberKings’ 7 p.m. game against Quad Cities on Friday, Aug. 16. McLain will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch and will be on the air with LumberKings radio voice Chad Seely for an inning. McLain will have his book, “31-6” available for purchase.
McLain played in Clinton in 1962 and was 4-7 with a 3.56 ERA in 16 games.
McLain’s 1968 season with the World Champion Detroit Tigers is one of the best single-season performances by a pitcher in Major League Baseball history. The 24-year-old was 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA and won the American League Cy Young Award as well as the American League MVP Award. Before McLain, Dizzy Dean won 30 games in a season in 1934 and no pitcher has done so since.
McLain won 24 games and shared the 1969 American League Cy Young Award with Baltimore’s Mike Cueller, but then his career spiraled downward. He was suspended by MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn for his involvement with gambling and was later suspended two more times during the 1970 season. He retired in 1973.