Sunday, March 7, 2010

1967 Topps Denny McLain Detroit Tigers

As my 2010 trip to Spring Training in Florida began, I was given a new addition to my 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball card collection by my good friend, Jim. It is Denny McLain, pitcher of the Detroit Tigers, card number 420 in the 1967 Topps Baseball set of 609 cards.

This autograph was obtained by Jim on February 20, 2010 at the Lee High School fundraiser in Michigan. I mailed Jim the card and he attended the function and asked Denny McLain to sign the card. Denny autographed the card with a beautiful blue sharpie and included the 31-6, 1968 inscription. The inscription signifies one of the greatest pitching seasons in baseball history. Denny is the last pitcher to win 30 games in a season and we might never see that feat accomplished again as today's pitchers are protected and pampered.

Denny McLain pitched 10 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1963 to 1972. He was a member of the Detroit Tigers from 1963 to 1970, then was traded to the Washington Senators, Oakland Athletics and finally the Atlanta Braves. His career statistics include 131 wins, a 3.39 earned run average and 1,282 strikeouts. Denny McLain was named to the American League All-Star team in 1966, 1968 and 1969 and won the American League Most Valuable Player award in 1968 as a member of the World Champion Detroit Tigers. Denny also won consecutive Cy Young Award in 1968 and 1969. In the 1968 season, Denny won 31 games versus 6 losses, had a 1.96 era, and had 28 complete games with 6 shutouts.

To learn more about Denny McLain's career, go to his biography at

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