Former major league pitcher Denny McLain headlines 15th annual Leland Hot Stove League Banquet

Denny McLain

LELAND, NC (WECT) - Former Major League Baseball player Denny McLain is the keynote speaker for the 15th annual Leland Hot Stove League Banquet.

The event will be held Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at the North Brunswick High School auxiliary gymnasium.

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.

Born on the same day as Cy Young (March 29), McClain remembers his father telling him he would win the top honor for a pitcher someday.

“I didn’t have any idea at that age who Cy Young was,” said McLain, the last 30-game winner in the majors. “My dad said I was going to win a Cy Young, but he was wrong. I won two!” In his 10-year career,

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

Tickets to the Hot Stove event are $25. Visit for more information.

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