[JPL] More on Denny McLain
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Thu Oct 12 13:35:04 EDT 2006
Aug. 21, 2006
Copyright © Las Vegas Review-Journal
NORM: McLain makes pitch for LV return
Denny McLain, Major League Baseball's most recent 30-game winner, is eyeing
a return to the Las Vegas entertainment scene.
McLain, who won consecutive Cy Young Awards in 1968 and 1969, played the
organ in a Riviera lounge after both seasons as the opening act for Shecky
The former Detroit Tigers ace was in Las Vegas over the weekend, meeting
with local attorney Marc Risman to discuss distribution rights for a film
deal. Risman said McLain hopes to nail down the rights agreement after the
November release of his new book, "I Told You Nobody's Perfect."
Risman said McLain is interested in performing again in Las Vegas.
He had a 31-6 record in 1968 and was 24-9 in 1969.
However, his career began unraveling in 1970 when Commissioner Bowie Kuhn
suspended him for three months for a 1967 bookmaking incident.
He twice served prison terms for drug trafficking, embezzlement and
racketeering with Las Vegas mob enforcer Anthony Spilotro and later with
John Gotti Jr.
After getting out of prison, he wrote a book titled "Nobody's Perfect."
McLain purchased a Michigan meat-packing firm in 1993 and three years later
was convicted of stealing millions from its pension plan.
He found work as a sports talk-show host and at a Detroit 7-Eleven store,
where he supplemented his income by signing autographs.
His run-ins with the law continued in 1998, when he was indicted in a
telephone fraud case. The case was later dropped.
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