Denny McLain who won 55 games in 1968 and 1969 would experience a sudden and embarrassing fall from grace. The season started with McLain being suspended for 2 months for associating with known gamblers, and the mob. The Tigers would fall to 4th Place with a 79-83 record, as McLain finish the season with a 3-5 record. Following the season he would be traded to the Washington Senators following the season. McLain's career would end after 2 more additional poor season. After baseball McLain's life would take an even harder fall, as he would spend much of the next 30 years in and out of prison.