Former Detroit Tiger great speaks at 15th annual Leland Hot Stove banquet

Former Detroit Tiger great speaks at 15th annual Leland Hot Stove banquet

LELAND, NC (WECT) - Former Major League Baseball player Denny McLain was the keynote speaker for the 15th annual Leland Hot Stove League Banquet at North Brunswick High School on Saturday.

McLain, a three-time All-Star, won the 1968 American League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards after winning 31 games for the Detroit Tigers. He followed that up with 24 victories in 1969 and a second consecutive Cy Young nod.

McLain spoke about baseball and the good old days.

“It’s kind of nice and refreshing to remind people that in the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s life was pretty good," said McLain about the past. "It was so simple, more simple then today. We didn’t have the internet, texting, email that have complicated our lives.”

McLain played for the Tigers, Washington Senators, Oakland Athletics and Atlanta Braves.

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