Denny McLain at the Organ

While I was reading Dan Epsteins’ great book about baseball in the 1970’s, Big Hair & Plastic Grass, there was a part about Denny McLain and what a truly fucked guy he was. He was the last 30 game winner (he also lost 22 a few years later). He was suspended for running a bookmaking operation. Rumor had it that he injured his foot one year when it was stomped on by mob enforcers for failure to make good on a debt, his explanation for the injury varied from kicking a garbage can while being terrorized by squirrels to falling down a manhole while being chased by dogs. He also released two lp’s. This version of Hurdy Gurdy Man is from his 1968 album Denny McLain at the Organ on Capitol.

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    • klutch
    • June 7th, 2011


    • Chris Burns
    • June 8th, 2011

    “Swings with Today’s Hits?” Cute, but the guy’s a pitcher. What about, “A Little Chin Music?”

  1. pure gold.

    • Paul Wlazlo’s Friend
    • June 12th, 2011

    That literally made me seasick.

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