On the other hand, he will have been married to his wife, Sharyn, for 30 years come October. He receives 500 pieces of mail each week. He is frequently pursued as an after-dinner speaker, just as he is by autograph seekers, who still walk right up and ring his doorbell. He has just opened a restaurant in Detroit. He hosts a Sunday-morning sports show on local TV. And earlier this morning, a woman happily stayed on hold for an hour simply to talk on the radio to Denny McLain.
A year that was a bad memory for so many has given McLain everything he has today, and that includes happiness. "I got to do in my life what very few people get to do but should," he says. "I played professionally on the organ and piano. I've flown my own airplanes. And I've won a World Series. Every one in the world should be entitled to a 1968 once in their life. To experience it once and be able to savor it forever."
It is true what they say. Life begins at 30.