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Denny McLain Biography

Former Major League Baseball pitcher
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“The players of my era were ignorant to the ways of the medical world. Today, everyone knows the dangers of steroids, but players still take them to get an edge. They risk their health at all costs and even hire their own trainers to give them the most scientific dosages…

The message that these players have given our kids and grandkids is to disregard fair play for personal gain. And sadly, the steroid monster is never going to disappear. The chemists are always a step ahead of the steroid police in terms of disguising newly created concoctions.

Cortisone enabled me to bleed a few extra, painful years out of my career, but I can’t raise my arm above my shoulder today. The ultimate price for years of injecting performance-enhancing drugs in this era has yet to be determined.”

“Steroids, the Polygraph Test, and the Hall of Fame,” Encyclopaedia Britannica Blog, Mar. 28, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Freelance writer, In Play!
  • Former owner, Peet Packing Company
  • Pitcher, Atlanta Braves, 1972
  • Pitcher, Oakland Athletics, 1972
  • Pitcher, Washington Senators, 1971
  • Pitcher, Detroit Tigers, 1963-1970
  • Recipient, American League Cy Young Award, 1968, 1969
  • Selected to the All-Star team, 1966, 1968, 1969
  • Won the World Series as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, 1968
  • Recipient, American League MVP Award, 1968
  • None found
  • Legal name is Dennis Dale McLain
  • Born March 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Retired from baseball at age 28 after suffering injuries
  • Found guilty of racketeering, extortion and narcotics charges and sentenced to 23 years in prison in 1985, but two years later the charges were overturned due to procedural violations
  • Convicted of conspiracy, theft, money laundering and mail fraud charges in 1996 and released from McLean Federal Correctional Institution in 2003
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  1. Should Baseball Players Who Have Used Banned Substances Be Voted into the Hall of Fame?