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Denny McLain

Dennis Dale McLain

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 185 lb.

Born: March 29, 1944 in Chicago, IL
High School: Mount Carmel HS (Chicago, IL)
by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent in 1962. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 21, 1963 (Age 19.176, 9,781st in MLB history)   vs. CHW 9.0 IP, 7 H, 8 SO, 4 BB, 1 ER, W
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1964 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Tigers/Senators/Braves/Athletics 1963-1972

Last Game: September 12, 1972 (Age 28.167)   vs. CIN 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Relatives: Son-In-Law of Lou Boudreau
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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Denny McLain: 1 Career Home Run

0 leading off, 0 walk-off, 1 tying, 0 go ahead (For more accurate walk-off HR totals, see the Batting Event Finder)
1 Tm
vs RHP1
Medium Lev1
1 Opp
1 Pitcher
Fritz Ackley1
1 Park
Tiger Stad1
Where Hit
General field locations
when available.
Game Totals
1·HR gms1
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
0 on1
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1963 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1963-09-21 DET CHW Fritz Ackley behind 0-1 b 5 1 --- 1 9 1 0.167 54% Home Run

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

Much of the data on's Home Run Logs comes from the Tattersall/McConnell Home Run Log, a database of all homers hit in the major leagues since 1876. This project was begun in the 1940's by John C. Tattersall and was continued after Tattersall's death in 1981 by Bob McConnell, one of SABR's original 16 members. David Vincent, another SABR member, has since assumed the leadership of the project. has licensed this remarkable database from the Society for American Baseball Research. All credit for the data therein goes to the intrepid researchers who digitized this data from archival sources.

For years from 1914 to 2015, RetroSheet play-by-play data has been used whenever the home run occurred in a game for which we have complete play-by-play data.

There are a handful of cases where the home run logs totals do not agree with the totals on our player pages. We are working to reconcile all of those differences, but believe that in all cases the Home Run Encyclopedia is correct.