COMSTOCK PARK, MI - Former Tigers pitcher Denny McLain, a member of the 1968 World Series Champion Tigers team, will make an appearance at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday, August 28. McLain will sign autographs, sell merchandise and provide free downloads of his book I Told You I Wasn't Perfect to fans at the game.
In 1968, McLain became Major League Baseball's last 30-game winner (and the first since Dizzy Dean 34 years earlier), going 31-6. He was the first pitcher in the history of the American League to win both the MVP award and the Cy Young Award in the same season. He is one of only 10 pitchers to win both awards in the same year; the most recent was Justin Verlander in 2011. McLain also won the Cy Young award in 1969, tying with Baltimore's Mike Cuellar in the voting. He was a three-time All-Star.
McLain retired from baseball at just 28 years of age after a 10-year Major League career.
In 2007, he wrote his autobiography, I Told You I Wasn't Perfect. In the book, McLain relates his often self-destructive journey with humor and honesty.
The Whitecaps will take on the Fort Wayne TinCaps on August 28. McLain will sign autographs throughout the game on the first base concourse behind section 209. The first autograph for each fan is free; there will be a charge for additional autographs. He will have merchandise available for sale at his autograph table.
Just six home dates remain in the 2013 season. Individual and group tickets for the remaining games are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131, coming to the Fifth Third Ballpark box office (open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday) or visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com