31-game winner Denny McLain to appear at two RiverDogs games at Riley Park

Former major league pitcher Denny McLain throws a first pitch at a RiverDogs vs. Asheville game in 2012.

Denny McLain, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and the 1968 American League Most Valuable Player who is the Major League’s last 30-game winner, will appear at Charleston RiverDogs home games Thursday and Sunday.

McLain will sign autographs for free, and those who receive his signature will also be permitted to download — for free — his 2007 autobiography, “I Told You I Wasn’t Perfect.” He will also have pictures and memorabilia on hand.

McLain pitched for the Detroit Tigers (1963-70), Washington Senators (1971), Oakland A’s (1972) and the Atlanta Braves (1972) and fashioned a career 131-91 record with a 3.39 ERA and 1,282 strikeouts.

He went 31-6 in 1968 when the Tigers captured the World Series over the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals. He won the American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards in 1968. McLain’s career later was marred by controversy and suspensions.

The RiverDogs host the Greenville Drive on Thursday (7:05 p.m.) and the Augusta GreenJackets on Sunday (5:05 p.m.).

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