Game of the Week: June 15, 1965: Denny McLain Strikes Out 14 in Relief

From the SABR Games Project:

On Tuesday, June 15, 1965, majestic Tiger Stadium held 9,624 spectators who witnessed one of the most historic pitching accomplishments in Detroit Tigers history. The pitching matchup pitted Dave Wickersham (1-4) of the Tigers against Earl Wilson (4-4) of the Boston Red Sox. Wickersham, a 19-game winner in 1964, took the hill to start the game, and was nearly shell-shocked by his first-inning knockout. “I never saw anything like it — they didn’t hit a single ball hard and I’m out of there in a couple of minutes,” he said after the game. Wickersham faced six batters, retired one, gave up four hits, and surrendered three runs before he was replaced by a young hurler, Denny McLain. The new hurler started his outing by striking out two Red Sox, Eddie Bressoud and Bob Tillman, to finish Wickersham’s horrendous first inning.

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