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1968: Denny McClain won # 30

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As I recall, it was Oakland at Detroit and the NBC Game of the Week.  

And Denny McClain won his 30th game of the season:

“Anticipation built as McLain held the young and powerful A’s scoreless until the fourth inning, when their budding superstar Reggie Jackson connected for a home run with one man on, giving Oakland a 2-0 lead. The Tigers’ Norm Cash answered in the bottom of the fourth with a three-run home run to put the Tigers up 3-2, but Oakland tied it up in the fifth when shortstop Bert Campaneris singled in a run, and took the lead 4-3 in the sixth when Jackson again sent one into the stands. McLain remained determined to go home with the win, however, and he hung in the game until the bottom of the ninth, when he was pulled for pinch-hitter Al Kaline with his team still trailing by one.
The move turned out to be a good one for McLain: Kaline was walked, and with one out, Mickey Stanley singled up the middle, sending Kaline to third. Next up was Jim Northrup, who hit a bouncing ball up the first base line to A’s first baseman Danny Carter, as Kaline raced toward home. Carter’s throw sailed high over home plate, and Kaline was safe, tying the game at 4-4. With the home crowd at Tigers Stadium cheering him on, Willie Horton came to the plate and, with the count at 2-2, sent the ball to deep left out of A’s left fielder Jim Gosger’s “

Detroit won that pennant in ’68 and defeated St Louis in the World Series. However, it was Mickey Lolich who won 3 games, including game 7, to make the Tigers the champs.    McClain won game 6 to force a game 7.

Let me add a footnote.  Bob Welch of the Dodgers won 27 in 1988.  No one has come close to 30 ever since and probably not for a long time.  

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Written by scantojr

September 14, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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