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Two-time Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain to take part in festivities at Lakeland Flying Tigers game on July 27

Lakeland, FL – Denny McLain, the last pitcher in Major League Baseball to win 30 or more games during a season in 1968 (31-6), a feat accomplished by only eleven other players in the 20th century, will appear at the Lakeland Flying Tigers game on Saturday, July 27.  McLain will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and be available during the game to sign autographs for fans for free.  He will also have pictures and memorabilia on hand.  The Flying Tigers will take on the St. Lucie Mets at 6:00 p.m. with gates to Marchant Stadium opening at 5:00 p.m.

Denny McLain in 2012 (photo by Ron Cogswell via wikipedia commons)

McLain had a remarkable season in 1968, producing a 31–6 record along with a 1.96 earned run average, as the Tigers led from start to finish to win the American League pennant.  McLain also earned his second All-Star berth and won the 1968 American League Cy Young Award as well as the American League Most Valuable Player Award.  He was the first pitcher in the history of the American League to win the Most Valuable Player Award and the Cy Young Award in the same season.  McLain won Game 6 of the World Series and the Tigers would beat the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games to win the World Series.
Upon his graduation from high school in June 1962, McLain was signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent and was assigned to play with the Harlan Smokies of the Appalachian League. McLain made a spectacular debut in professional baseball, throwing a no hitter and striking out 16 batters.  The White Sox left McLain in the minor leagues and he was selected off waivers by the Detroit Tigers on April 8, 1963.  On June 15, 1965 McLain set a major league record for relief pitchers, when he struck out the first seven batters he faced after entering the game in the first inning.
In a ten-year major league career, McLain won 131 games against 91 losses. His career earned run average was 3.39 and he recorded 1,282 strikeouts in 1,886 innings pitched.  McLain was a three-time All-Star and won the Cy Young Award twice in his career. Since McLain’s 31-win season, only two other pitchers have approached the 30-game milestone (Steve Carlton won 27 games in 1972 and Bob Welch also with 27 victories in 1990).
Following the July 27 game will be a spectacular fireworks show sponsored by The Ledger Media Group and Miller Lite. Tickets for the game are available by calling the Flying Tigers at (863) 686-8075.  Box seats are $7 and reserved seats are $6 and seniors 55 and over and children 14 and under receive a $1.00 discount. Parking is FREE.
The Flying Tigers are a Class A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.  For more information please visit the Flying Tigers online at

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