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September 14, 1968 : Detroit Tiger Denny McLain Wins 30th Game

Jon Harrison

Denny McLain Detroit Tiger pitcher

On September 14, 1968, Denny McLain won his 30th game of the season, as the Tigers scored two in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Oakland Athletics 5-4. Willie Horton singled in Mickey Stanley with the winning run. McLain, who finished the season with a 31-6 record, is the last Major League pitcher to win 30 games or more.

McLain was also the first 30-game winner in the major leagues since 1938.

Sources :

Detroit Historical Society

This Day in History, History.com

Denny McLain wikipedia entry

For an article, see Mark Armour, Denny McLain SABR Baseball Biography Project

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