Baseball Glove

Aug.17, 1968

Denny McLain continued his march into baseball history. Before 35,323 – about as many humans as could then be stuffed into Fenway Park – the Detroit Tigers ace blanked the Red Sox, 4-0, for his 25th win of the year.

Boston managed seven hits, all singles, never really threatening to keep McLain from his sixth shutout. McLain extended his streak of road wins to 16. It was his sixth straight complete game, his 13th in his last 15 starts. He struck out a mere nine, making it one of his more ho-hum victories.

Watching McLain make his run for 30 wins was about all the American League offered in its last season before expansion and a break into two divisions. Detroit held an eight-game lead over Baltimore, 12 ahead of the third-place Red Sox.

McLain finished 31-6, with a 1.96 ERA, leading the Year of the Pitcher parade. Carl Yastrzemski won the batting title hitting .301, the only AL batter finishing above .300.

For Christmas, more then one lad received a Denny McLain A-2000 Wilson glove. At least one of them considered it his best gift of the holiday haul, even if it did absolutely nothing to enhance his modest abilities.

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