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1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 198/660 – #206 – 1968 Most Valuable Players

Progress: 198/660

Player Name:  Denny McLain, Bob Gibson

Card Number:  206

Team:  Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Denny McLain was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the American League in 1968.  McLain started 41 games, going 31-6 with a 1.96 ERA.  He pitched 336 innings that season while allowing 241 hits and 86 runs.  McLain struck out 280 batters in ’68 while walking just 63.

Bob Gibson was both the Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner in the National League in 1968.  He was also a Gold Glove winner.  Gibson started 34 games for the Cardinals in 1968, going 22-9 with 28 complete games and 13 shutouts.  He had an ERA of just 1.12 during the season while working in 304 innings.  Gibson struck out 268 batters while walking 62.


Did You Know…

In the history of the Detroit Tigers, three pitchers have won both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.  They are:  Denny McClain, Guilermo Hernandez, and Justin Verlander.

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Did You Know…

The last time that both the AL & NL MVP Awards went to pitchers at the end of the same major league baseball season was 1968.  At the conclusion of the 1968 baseball season, St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Bob Gibson and Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Denny McClain were crowned MVP’s of their respective leagues.


2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Denny McClain

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Denny McClain

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the Denny McClain card from the set:



On the field, Denny McClain is most known for his amazing 1968 baseball season in which he won 31 games while losing just 6.  He was the American League’s MVP and Cy Young Award winner in ’68, and led the league in wins, winning percentage, starts, complete games, innings pitched, home runs allowed, batters faced, and strikeouts:walks.

McClain would help lead his Tigers to the World Series in 1968.  They ultimately lost the series to another pitcher that had a pretty good season for the National League in 1968 – Mr. Bob Gibson!