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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dennis Dale McClain  

Pen Name: Dennis McClain and Denny McClain

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: March 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Dennis Dale McClain on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the Chicago suburb of Markham. He played ball for Mount Carmel High School and was a pitcher fo the Chicago White Sox from 1962-1963.

Biographical and Professional Information

Besides being a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, Denny McLain was also a pitcher fo the Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves. He was the Cohost of ''The Eli & Denny Show'' - with Eli Zaret.

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Titles At Your Library

Nobody's perfect
ISBN: 0803757581

Dial Press. 1975

book signed by both Dave Diles and Denny McLain on the half title page. Burnt-orange boards with black titles to the spine only. An "O" is blind embossed on the front board, black endpapers. Dust jacket black with green titles and authors' names over a baseball and scoreboard. Photo of McLain on back panel. Rear flap dated 0475, price clipped.

Strikeout: The Story of Denny McLain
ISBN: 0892042346

Sporting News. 1988

Tells the life story of a 30-game-winning pitcher who was later convicted of racketeering and sentenced to twenty-three years in prison

I Told You I Wasn't Perfect
ISBN: 1572439572

Triumph Books. 2007

From being the only 30-game winner in more than 70 years to having the Gambino crime family order a hit for your murder, Denny McLain has surely seen it all: RICO charges from the U.S. government to touring the country as a popular musician playing on national TV and the Las Vegas strip before becoming a close jail-house friend to John Gotti Jr. I Told You I Wasn’t Perfect allows the former All-Star pitcher to share his cautionary tale with generations of baseball. In 1968, McLain set the baseball world on fire by being the first pitcher to win at least 30 games since Dizzy Dean 34 years earlier. But just two years later he was banned from the game for half a season, traded away to the laughing-stock Washington Senators where he entered into a never-ending battle with baseball icon Ted Williams. By 1972, he was a retired star, hustling games of golf. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he was in and out of prison for charges including racketeering, loan-sharking, extortion, cocaine possession, and fraud before being included in wide-sweeping RICO charges that tried to connect him to Gotti and the violent underworld of the mafia. In this moving autobiography, McLain reveals how his desire for excitement and attention led directly to his downfall from being a popular public image and cost him his marriage, which has since been reconciled and remarried.

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