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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Three suspensions, McLain's out
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Feb. 19, 1970

One might have made money betting on Denny McLain in 1968, when the Detroit Tigers right-hander won 31 games, or in 1969, when he won 24. But the major league's last 30-game winner finds it's not rewarding to be involved with bookmakers, as McLain was in 1967.

After meeting for 5 hours with Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, during which McLain candidly admitted his involvement with a bookmaking ring in Detroit, Kuhn says he has no choice and suspends the 25-year-old pitcher indefinitely.

This is the first of three suspensions this season for McLain. He will return on July 1 and go 3-5 with 4.65 ERA before he will be suspended in late August by the Tigers for dousing two Detroit writers with ice water. Then, in September, he will be suspended for the rest of the season by Kuhn for carrying a gun and violating the terms of his probation.

In October, the Tigers will inflict further damage on McLain by trading him to the Washington Senators.

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