2010 TriStar Obak #27 - Denny McLain
On this day in 1963, the Detroit Tigers claimed Denny McLain off of waivers from the Chicago White Sox.
Denny grew up in Markham, Illinois and was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1962 after high school. McLain was assigned to the Harlan Smokies of the Appalachian League. His debut with Harlan was impressive, pitching a no-hitter and striking out sixteen batters. After two games with the Smokies, Denny was promoted to the Midwest League.
Players with one year of service were open to a waiver draft and while the Pale Hose left McLain in the minors, the Detroit Tigers swooped in and claimed him. His MLB debut would be against the White Sox, who were held to a lone run and seven hits. Denny would become the last thirty game winner a mere five years later. His attitude and addictions would later derail his career.