Former Tiger Denny McLain to Sell Personal Baseball Memorabilia to the Public, Oct. 2-4

Former Detroit Tigers pitching great Denny McLain, Major League Baseball’s last 30-game winner, is offering the public a chance to own a piece of baseball history.
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A Denny McLain organ album
An original copy of one of Denny McLain’s organ albums from the 1960s. // Photo by Tim Keenan

Former Detroit Tigers pitching great Denny McLain, Major League Baseball’s last 30-game winner, is offering the public a chance to own a piece of baseball history.

McLain, the American League Cy Young Award recipient and Most Valuable Player in the Tigers’ 1968 World Series-winning season, is hosting a three-day estate sale at his home in Wixom, Oct. 2-4.

Among the hundreds of items for sale is rare sports memorabilia from his personal collection, which spans a half century from the 1930s through the 1970s. McLain was married to the daughter of Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame shortstop Lou Boudreau until her recent death. Boudreau played from 1938 until 1952. McLain played from 1963 to 1972.

“I’m just trying to downsize and start all over,” says McLain. “Life has never been more complicated and difficult.”

The sale is presented by Aaron’s Estate Sales in Birmingham and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each of the three days.

Among the available items:

  • Framed 1968 Detroit Tigers baseball card collection.
  • Framed and signed Jerome Herman Dean Time magazine cover.
  • Framed and signed Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle photograph.
  • Framed and signed Donruss Hall of Fame Diamond King Hank Aaron puzzle.
  • Framed and signed Mickey Lolich 1968 baseball card.
  • Denny McLain signed baseball gloves, license plate, and more

McLain, a controversial figure during his playing days, was convicted of racketeering in 1985 and spent 29 months in federal prison. In 1996, he was convicted of money laundering and spent more time in prison.

On the field, McLain was an all-star for the Tigers in 1966, 1968, and 1969. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 1968 and 1969. He was traded to the Washington Senators in 1971 and split the 1972 season with the Oakland A’s and Atlanta Braves.

Now, in addition to being a fixture on the sports memorabilia show circuit, he co-hosts the “No Filter Sports” podcast with long-time Detroit sportscaster Eli Zaret and former Detroit sportscaster Bob Page. McLain will live stream the show throughout the sale and autograph purchased items for $25 per item.

A special VIP Day, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is available for those who want to get a head start on treasure hunting. Tickets for the preview cost $400 and are available here. VIP Day includes a one-year VIP membership to Aaron’s Estate Sales, which features early access to every Aaron’s estate sale for a year, video walk-throughs before sales, and access to a private Facebook group.

Fans, collectors, and other interested in attending the public sale can visit here for more information.

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