In the past 100 years of Major League Baseball, there have been a grand total of four pitchers who won thirty or more games in a season. In the past eighty-four years, there has been one - Denny McLain, the last thirty-game winner.
A three-time twenty-game winner and All-Star, McLain reached a single-season level of excellence few athletes have ever achieved. In his mythical 1968 season, he recorded thirty-one wins against six losses with 280 strikeouts and a 1.96 earned run average, while leading the Detroit Tigers to their first World Series championship in twenty-three years. For his domination on the mound, McLain was awarded both the 1968 AL Cy Young Award and the 1968 AL Most Valuable Player Award.
Here is McLain's official Major League Baseball MVP award. Magnificently crafted and with awesome display appeal, the weighty award is is comprised of hexagonal, diamond-shaped, rectangular, and figural elements atop a round black wood base. Inscribed "Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award. Most Valuable Player, American League. Denny McLain, Detroit Tigers. 1968." (Note: the original hook on the back was replaced by a wire for hanging.)
This is the most prestigious of all MLB awards, representing one of the greatest pitching achievements in baseball history. It's one of those artifacts which you would never imagine being able to hold in your hands, let alone own. Here is a rare opportunity to actually own baseball's most prestigious piece of hardware from one of the seminal campaigns in history of The American Pastime.
Provenance: During the 1970s, McLain suffered a fire at his home which destroyed many of his awards. Shortly after, the original manufacturer reproduced his MVP and two Cy Young awards and they were presented to him at a special event at Tiger Stadium. During the 1980s, when McLain was experiencing legal and financial difficulties, he sold his MVP award to a Detroit dealer named Jim Hawkins who in turn sold it to a collector whose collection it has remained in until now. Comes with a news article about the fire and fact that the Tigers reproduced the awards and gave them to McLain.