December 5, 1987 |
He is back now, signing autographs at baseball card shows, working the radio talk-show circuit, filming TV spots for used car dealers. Fifteen years after leaving baseball, Denny McLain is finally getting a chance to play the role of ex-jock, to re-establish himself in the eyes of fans, to remind people that he was once the American League's most valuable player, twice its Cy Young Award winner and still the only pitcher since 1934 to win 30...
May 10, 1996 |
Former major-league pitching star Denny McLain was indicted yesterday in Detroit with two other Michigan men on charges stemming from allegations that they stole from a meat-packing company pension plan, then falsified documents in an attempt to cover it up. McLain, who pitched for the Detroit Tigers from 1963-70, winning 31 games in 1968, said neither he nor his partners had done anything wrong. The indictment charges them with conspiracy, theft of pension-plan money, mail fraud, and money laundering.
March 30, 1989 |
Denny McLain is playing "Moonglow" on his Korg Mi-1 synthesizer, standing about six feet in front of a table containing a 30-pound roast beef and happy- hour hors d'oeuvres. He has a broken E-flat in the middle of his keyboard, but nobody knows the difference. After all, this is the Denny McLain, the last 30-game winner in baseball. McLain turned 45 yesterday. He is 10 months younger than Tommy John, who is still throwing baseballs for the New York Yankees. McLain has been out of baseball for 17 years - and out of prison for seven months.
September 5, 1987 |
Denny McLain, the last major-league pitcher to win 30 games, was released on bond from a federal prison in Talladega, Ala., yesterday after serving 28 months of a racketeering sentence that has been overturned. An appellate court ordered bond set for McLain after his March 1985 conviction for racketeering, extortion and drug dealing was overturned. On Tuesday, a federal judge in Tampa, Fla., set the bond at $200,000. McLain had been sentenced to 23 years in prison. TENNIS Concern about the decline of American stature in tennis has resulted in a list of recommendations to help correct the situation.
June 26, 1997 |
The agent for Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa said his client could agree to a five-year contract today, allowing the franchise to keep its marquee player under agreement until 2002. Adam Katz, Sosa's Los Angeles-based agent, said he was flying to Chicago to complete an agreement with the Cubs. The Cubs have refused to comment on the negotiations. Sosa has agreed to a four-year contract worth about $9 million a season, with the Cubs holding an option on a fifth year. Katz said he and the Cubs were working on how much money would be paid to Sosa in a signing bonus and other clauses in the contract.
May 15, 1996 |
Charles Nagy disagrees with his manager over the significance of throwing a complete game. "In this day and age, complete games are a meaningless stat," Indians manager Mike Hargrove said last night after Nagy threw one, halting the visiting Detroit Tigers, 5-1. Nagy became the American League's first six-game winner this season and joined Jack McDowell as the only Cleveland pitchers to hurl a complete game this season. "Getting a complete game means a lot to me," said Nagy (6-1)
February 5, 1987 |
Senior forward Shelly Pennefather became the leading scorer in Villanova basketball history last night, when she scored 25 points in the Wildcats' 79-56 victory over visiting Pittsburgh. Pennefather has scored 2,175 points in her career. The previous record of 2,170 points was set by Keith Herron, who played for Villanova from 1974 to '78. SKATING Debi Thomas, the defending world and national figure-skating champion, won the compulsory figures portion of the 1987 U.S. championships in Tacoma, Wash.
April 12, 2008 |
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Al Reyes was shocked with a stun gun and arrested early yesterday after police say he fell against a ceramic pot in a bar, got up and picked a fight with a man he thought pushed him. The reliever apologized to teammates, fans and the entire Rays organization before last night's game against Baltimore, and manager Joe Maddon said the club was not planning any disciplinary action. "I tried to have a good time on my birthday, but I guess it was the worst one," said Reyes, who was in uniform at Tropicana Field and available to pitch against the Orioles.
April 13, 2008 |
Modern times Thank God for the Internet and sites like eBay. Where else would you turn when you need to buy the used pants of a mediocre relief pitcher? According to Yahoo Sports, the pants that Twins reliever Pat Neshek wore in his first spring-training game are for sale on eBay. Perhaps not surprisingly, no one has offered the asking price of $124.99. Stop the presses This is why the New York tabloids are, well, New York tabloids. The Yankees beat writer for the Post reported yesterday that reliever Joba Chamberlain "thought" a Boston fan was throwing ice at him in Fenway Park's bullpen Friday.
November 17, 1998 |
Cy Young No. 5 filled Roger Clemens with thoughts of baseball immortality. "This," he said, "brings me a step closer to the big house in New York - the Hall of Fame. " Clemens won the award for a record fifth time yesterday, getting it for the second straight year. And he did it unanimously for the second time. "It's overwhelming," he said from his home in Houston. "For it to be unanimous kind of makes it bookends to the one I won in 1986. " The 36-year-old righthander, who won his first three Cy Youngs with Boston in 1986, 1987 and 1991, went 20-6 with a 2.65 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays, striking out 271 in 234 2/3 innings.