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McLain to greet Miracle fans Aug. 23

August 4, 2012
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Former Major League Baseball star Denny McLain will visit the Fort Myers Miracle at Hammond Stadium on Aug. 23.

The last pitcher to win 30 games in the Major Leagues, McLain will sign autographs, greet fans and throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

McLain played 10 seasons in the Majors with the Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves. Accumulating a career record of 131-91, McLain is most well known in the history of the game as the last pitcher to win 30 or more games in a single season with a 31-6 record in 1968 at age 24. Only 13 players have won 30 or more games in a season since the beginning of the 20th century.

In 1968, McLain won the first of his two Cy Young Awards and was named the American League's Most Valuable Player. In addition to his 31 wins, McLain tossed 28 complete games and six shutouts during that season, striking out 280 hitters. In 1969, McLain followed his historical season with a second consecutive Cy Young Award with a 24-9 record and a league-best nine shutouts.

During his 10 years in the Majors, McLain racked up 1,282 strikeouts in 1,886 innings with a 3.39 career ERA and was a three-time All-Star.

McLain is promoting his new soft cover book titled "31-6." Copies of "31-6" will be available for sale at Hammond Stadium as well as McLain's hard cover book "I Told You I Wasn't Perfect."



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