Ex-Tigers pitcher McLain in jail after missing court appearance

Updated: April 11, 2008, 7:45 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

HOWELL, Mich. -- Former Cy Young Award winner Denny McLain is in jail following his arrest on a charge of missing a court appearance in a civil case.

Livingston County sheriff Bob Bezotte says Oakland County deputies went to McLain's house Friday to evict the former Detroit Tigers pitching star and change the locks in a foreclosure action.

Bezotte said the deputies learned there was an outstanding warrant against McLain for failing to appear for a Jan. 16 court hearing, so they arrested him without incident. A judge set his bail at $175,000.

McLain has been in prison twice -- in 1985, for racketeering, loan-sharking and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and in 1996 he was convicted of stealing $2.5 million from the employee pension fund of a failing meat-packing company.

A message seeking comment was left with McLain's attorney, Michael Olson.

McLain, 64, won two Cy Young Awards and was the major leagues' last 30-game winner, winning 31 for the world champion Tigers in 1968.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.