This event was held on August 14, 2007 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Denny McLain's biography allows the former All-Star pitcher to share his cautionary tale with generations of baseball fans: older ones who witnessed his downfall and younger ones who can learn from McLain's multitude of mistakes. From being the only 30-game winner in more than 70 years, to touring the country as a popular musician playing on national TV, to spending nine years in jail -- Denny McLain has lived a bizarre and remarkable life. Co-authors McLain and Zaret will make this special Library appearance to discuss McLain's career. A book signing will follow the discussion, with books available for sale at the event. This event is scheduled to be broadcast live on Community Television Network, channel 18.
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 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 - and his troubles were just beginning. Emmy-winning sportscaster Eli Zaret published his first book, "84 - The Last of the Great Tigers, Untold Stories from an Amazing Season" in 2003. He followed that in 2004 with "Blue Collar Blueprint - How the Pistons Constructed their Championship Formula."