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Denny McLain, born 1944
When this likeness of the Detroit Tiger pitcher Denny McLain ran on the cover of Time magazine in September 1968, he was the biggest story in base- ball. The season had been marked by exceptionally good pitching, but McLain was out hurling them all. If Time had delayed its feature on him another week, it could have reported that he was now the first pitcher since 1934 to win thirty games or more in one season. It was a feat that led to yet another rarity: having led the Tigers to their first World Series championship in over two decades. McLain not only walked off with that year’s Cy Young Award in pitching, he also claimed the Most Valuable Player Award, generally reserved for non-pitchers.
Robert Heindel, 1968
Time cover, September 13, 1968
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