1968 MLB MVP Denny McLain meets Elkhart fans

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART, Ind. -- Die-hard Tigers fans fulfilled their childhood fantasies when they met baseball legend Denny McLain Saturday at Concord Mall.

McLain won the 1968 MVP and played for the Tigers, Senators, Athletics, and Braves. But he made history in Detroit.

McLain is the last pitcher to win 31 games, and he did it back in 68.

Most baseball fans say winning even 30 games in a season won't happen with the way the game is played now.

And McLain’s longtime fans were happy to share their favorite Tigers memories.

“When we got into baseball, the name of the game was control your own destiny,” explained McLain. “The game doesn't start until the 7th inning. And today, who pitches in the 7th inning that started the ball game? It just doesn't happen anymore.”

“Beating the Chicago White Sox 8-0, he hit a triple and sat down on third base because he was tired,” recalled Bruce Greer, a fan of McLain since 1967. “That's my favorite moment”

“High leg kick, he had one of the highest leg kicks I've ever seen and he had a serious fast ball and all the strike outs,” added Jim Turnbow, also a longtime fan of McLain.
McLain made $30,000 a year as a pitcher in 1968.

Imagine how much he'd make now with that record.

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