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Last of the 30-Game Winners

Denny McLain won 31 games for the 1968 Detroit Tigers. He remains the last of the 30-game winners, and won more games in a starting role than any other pitcher in the Live Ball Era. This story covers McLain’s career with a focus on his historic season.

The Stanley Experiment

In 1968, Detroit manager Mayo Smith controversially decided to make center fielder Mickey Stanley his starting shortstop for the World Series even though Stanley had less than 70 innings of experience at the position!