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Tony Oliva toughest for Denny McLain
August 9, 2013 - Burt Angeli
Former Detroit Tigers pitching great Denny McLain calls Tony Oliva his toughest out.
"Tony Oliva was the best hitter I ever saw, bar none," McLain, 69, told Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Oliva, during 15 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, won three batting titles and had a career average of .304.
"I don't care who they talk about today, but imagine Tony Oliva hitting against the pitching quality now," McLain said. "Just imagine! He would hit .450 in this day."
Oliva, for some reason, has not been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
"I think it's awful Tony's not in the Hall of Fame," McLain said. "Three batting crowns, and he can't even get mentioned! Geez. If Carl Yastrzemski got in the Hall of Fame, gosh darn it, Tony Oliva belongs right along side of him."
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