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Denny McLain

By now, most of you are familiar with my caveats, so I’ll just mention it briefly: The list includes only print editions (no kindle or audio versions) because I’m old school. Second, since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read them. But […]


Wow, has it really been more than a month since the last one of these? Yikes. As you may have notice, these entries have been falling off in the last several weeks. My apologies. A new full-time job — very different from what I had been doing as the sports and features editor of a […]

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Trying to clear out the old mail box before the holiday: MLB historian John Thorn posted this photo on Facebook of a joint 1969 publication, ostensibly by Pete Rose and Denny McLain: At the time, Rose and McLain were the best in the game. Dayn Perry, author of a couple of baseball books of his […]

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Busy day yesterday, so I didn’t have a chance to post these. Billy Beane, the inspiration behind Michael Lewis’ Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, turned 49 yesterday. Denny McLain, the last 30-game winner and one of baseball’s “bad boys,” turned 67. He released I Told You I Wasn’t Perfect in 2007 (as […]

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* On this day…

March 27, 2008

in 1973, the Braves release former 30-game winner Denny McLain two days before his 29th birthday. In a career which spanned ten years, McLain compiled a 131-92 record with an ERA of 3.39. I Told You I Wasn’t Perfect In 1982, the Mariners sign 43-year old Gaylord Perry to a one-year contract. The ‘Ancient Mariner’ […]

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