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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading. Funny, sad, most of all unpretentious.
I wound up with this book by default and read it simply because I was going to try and sell it on Ebay and like to know what I'm talking about when I sell something. It was fascinating from start to finish. Denny McLain comes across as funny, self-effacing, immature, insightful, dumb, intelligent, affectionate, bitter, generous...pretty much like a lot of people only...
Published on June 16, 1999 by Barbara(pastperf@epix.net)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Most despicable Liar and Human Being
You really have no clue... McClain is and was much worse than the events portrayed in the trial. He is such a liar they immediately took this book of the market.
I was a witness in the trial and McClain is one of the intelligent people you would ever meet: Street smart, magnetic personality, could light up a room.
He is just the most despicable liar and human...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading. Funny, sad, most of all unpretentious., June 16, 1999
This review is from: Strikeout: The Story of Denny McLain (Hardcover)
I wound up with this book by default and read it simply because I was going to try and sell it on Ebay and like to know what I'm talking about when I sell something. It was fascinating from start to finish. Denny McLain comes across as funny, self-effacing, immature, insightful, dumb, intelligent, affectionate, bitter, generous...pretty much like a lot of people only with a LOT more free spirited spark thrown in. I'm not saying I could ever see myself in a lot of the situations he got himself into, but I was pulling for him all the way and came away from the book respecting and appreciating him on a lot of levels. The review guidelines said don't comment on the author. How can you not comment when the author is the book's subject. If for no other reason, it should be read because of the very well written parts on prison life and the dehumanizing, counterproductive effects it has on the prisoner. In spite of the mistakes he's obviously made, it's a very persuasive book. And well worth reading even if you're not a sports fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never cared much for Denny McLain..., August 23, 2006
This review is from: Strikeout: The Story of Denny McLain (Hardcover)
...and I try to avoid autobiographies, but this is a decent read and not a waste of your time. Denny was railroaded on his conviction and ultimately won his appeal. Denny should have picked his friends and careers more carefully. Denny wasn't blessed with common sense and is way too trusting of people, although he had many opportunities in life to learn. His wife, Sharyn, had enough common sense for ten people, but unfortunately Denny didn't use her as a sounding board before he got involved in business deals. Sharyn has served her hell on earth and will go to heaven. There are many similarities to Pete Rose. Denny is another story of a gifted athlete who had trouble adapting to real life. Denny's father died at a young age, and Denny never had the luxury of being raised by a good father. His mother obviously wasn't grieved by his father's loss and that caused them to become estranged for the most part of the rest of her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once,On Top Of The World!, August 8, 2004
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Melvin Hunt (Cleveland,, Texas United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Strikeout: The Story of Denny McLain (Hardcover)
This turned out to be a good coverage of Denny McLain.You are

told of his electrifying season wheren he became the first pitcher since Dizzy Dean to win 30 games.He won his 30th despite

giving up two homeruns to Reggie Jackson.McLain finished his dream season with 31 wins. He and the Detroit Tigers went on to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the world series.McLain went on

to win 25 games the next season.With two Cy Young awards he was the hottest prospect in professional baseball.

Then came the next season.Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspemded him

for gambling.Next his pitching talents began to dwindle.He was no

longer the PITCHER.McLain's life spiraled downward with McLain

being tried and sent to prison.This book covers the ups and downs

of Denny McLain.You should read this book and get the story on

the last man to win 30 games.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Most despicable Liar and Human Being, November 30, 2012
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This review is from: Strikeout: The Story of Denny McLain (Hardcover)
You really have no clue... McClain is and was much worse than the events portrayed in the trial. He is such a liar they immediately took this book of the market.
I was a witness in the trial and McClain is one of the intelligent people you would ever meet: Street smart, magnetic personality, could light up a room.
He is just the most despicable liar and human being on the planet.
He is worse than a common thief and ruined may people's lives including his family.
He would steal the money out of his mothers purse and tell her his brother took it.
He would rather climb a tree and lie than stand on the ground and tell the truth.
He had no remorse. He immediately bought a meat packing plants pension fund and managed to ruin more lives.
Opps jail time number two...... But he was railroaded again, right?????
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Denny McLain, January 15, 2007
This review is from: Strikeout: The Story of Denny McLain (Hardcover)
From his organ playing to his drug dealing,this book paints a heart wrenching story of one of the biggest losers next to Barry Bonds.Don't waste your money on this one.
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