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Full Name: Dennis Dale McLain Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 1"/185 First Game: September 21, 1963
Birthdate: March 29, 1944 Final Game: September 12, 1972
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois MLB Experience: 10 years
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on March 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, Denny McLain (Dennis Dale McLain) played for the Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves over the course of his 10 year career. McLain broke into the bigs on September 21, 1963 with the Detroit Tigers, and put up a 4.05 ERA in 100 innings pitched in 1964, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Denny McLain's best season was 1968, when he posted a 1.96 ERA, won 31 games and struck out 280 batters.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1963 DET A 3 3 2 1 4.29 22 12 10 2 0 0 21 20 2 16 0 1 0
1964 DET A 19 16 4 5 4.05 70 48 45 3 0 0 100 84 16 37 0 0 1
1965 DET A 33 29 16 6 2.61 192 73 64 13 4 1 220.1 174 25 62 1 3 2
1966 DET A 38 38 20 14 3.92 192 120 115 14 4 0 264.1 205 42 104 3 6 3
1967 DET A 37 37 17 16 3.79 161 110 99 10 3 0 235 209 35 73 3 4 3
1968 DET A 41 41 31 6 1.96 280 86 73 28 6 0 336 241 31 63 2 3 6
1969 DET A 42 41 24 9 2.80 181 105 101 23 9 0 325 288 25 67 7 5 4
1970 DET A 14 14 3 5 4.63 52 51 47 1 0 0 91.1 100 19 28 0 0 3
1971 WAS A 33 32 10 22 4.28 103 115 103 9 3 0 216.2 233 31 72 8 4 3
1972 OAK A 5 5 1 2 6.04 8 17 15 0 0 0 22.1 32 4 8 0 0 0
1972 ATL N 15 8 3 5 6.50 21 41 39 2 0 1 54 60 12 18 0 1 1
1972 Total 20 13 4 7 6.37 29 58 54 2 0 1 76.1 92 16 26 0 1 1
Total NL 15 8 3 5 6.50 21 41 39 2 0 1 54 60 12 18 0 1 1
Total AL 265 256 128 86 3.30 1261 737 672 103 29 1 1832 1586 230 530 24 26 25
Total 280 264 131 91 3.39 1282 778 711 105 29 2 1886 1646 242 548 24 27 26

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1963 DET A P 3 3 21 0 6 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 .750
1964 DET A P 19 16 100 4 6 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 .909
1965 DET A P 33 29 220.1 17 30 1 1 0 2 9 5 0 .979
1966 DET A P 38 38 264.1 14 34 0 2 0 1 2 5 2 1.000
1967 DET A P 37 37 235 21 22 5 4 0 1 16 8 0 .896
1968 DET A P 41 41 336 36 40 1 3 1 1 19 5 1 .987
1969 DET A P 42 41 325 26 24 2 1 0 0 24 9 0 .962
1970 DET A P 14 14 91.1 7 14 0 1 0 1 7 1 0 1.000
1971 WAS A P 33 32 216.2 27 26 0 1 0 3 15 9 0 1.000
1972 OAK A P 5 5 22.1 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1972 ATL N P 15 8 54 2 5 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 .875
1972 Total P 20 13 76.1 2 10 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 .923
Total P 280 264 1886 154 212 13 15 1 10 96 45 5 .966

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1963 DET A 3 5 1 1 1 2 .200 .167 .800 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
1964 DET A 20 37 2 5 0 2 .135 .158 .135 0 0 1 15 0 4 0 0 1
1965 DET A 33 74 2 4 0 3 .054 .123 .054 0 0 6 32 0 4 0 0 0
1966 DET A 38 93 10 17 0 5 .183 .224 .204 2 0 5 39 0 5 1 0 3
1967 DET A 38 85 3 10 0 0 .118 .138 .118 0 0 2 37 0 5 0 0 3
1968 DET A 44 111 7 18 0 4 .162 .170 .189 1 1 1 37 0 16 0 0 1
1969 DET A 42 106 5 17 0 8 .160 .188 .160 0 0 4 41 0 13 0 0 2
1970 DET A 14 31 2 2 0 0 .065 .065 .097 1 0 0 13 0 3 0 0 0
1971 WAS A 33 58 0 6 0 7 .103 .161 .155 1 1 4 22 0 9 0 0 0
1972 OAK A 5 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0
1972 ATL N 15 12 0 2 0 0 .167 .286 .167 0 0 2 4 0 2 0 0 0
1972 Total 20 16 0 2 0 0 .125 .222 .125 0 0 2 7 0 4 0 0 0
Total NL 15 12 0 2 0 0 .167 .286 .167 0 0 2 4 0 2 0 0 0
Total AL 270 604 32 80 1 31 .132 .163 .152 5 2 23 240 0 62 1 0 10
Total 285 616 32 82 1 31 .133 .166 .153 5 2 25 244 0 64 1 0 10

Transactions

  • Signed as an amateur free agent by Chicago White Sox (1962).
  • Claimed on first-year waivers by Detroit Tigers from Chicago White Sox (April 8, 1963).
  • Traded by Detroit Tigers with Don Wert, Norm McRae and Elliott Maddox to Washington Senators in exchange for Ed Brinkman, Aurelio Rodriguez, Joe Coleman and Jim Hannan (October 9, 1970).
  • Traded by Texas Rangers to Oakland Athletics in exchange for Jim Panther and Don Stanhouse (March 4, 1972).
  • Traded by Oakland Athletics to Atlanta Braves in exchange for Orlando Cepeda (June 29, 1972).
  • Released by Atlanta Braves (March 26, 1973).

Trivia

  • McLain is the last pitcher to win 30 games in one season. He did it in 1968 for the Detroit Tigers.
  • He is the son-in-law of Lou Boudreau.


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