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Former Tigers Pitcher Denny McLain Arrested At Michigan-Canada Border

Some guys just have a knack for getting into trouble. Or maybe it's that some guys think they can get away with anything but always end up getting caught.

Either description probably fits former Detroit Tigers pitcher Denny McLain.

McLain was arrested on Thursday after accidentally driving onto the Blue Water Bridge toll in Port Huron. His intention was apparently to get to a Cracker Barrel restaurant, but he got confused by construction in the area and ended up on a toll bridge to Canada.

When attempting to turn around back to the U.S., McLain was stopped for inspection by border officers. While checking his ID, the agents found an outstanding warrant for McLain's arrest.

The warrant was issued on Aug. 26 by the district attorney's office in St. Charles Parish, La. for receiving and concealing stolen property worth more than $1,500. McLain is being accused of defrauding two landowners out of money he owed them for scrap metal.

McLain was arraigned on Friday and released on $10,000 bail. He faces extradition to Louisiana, with a court date set for Oct. 4.

The former major league pitcher spent eight seasons with the Tigers, the best of them being 1968 when he finished with a 31-6 record (the last pitcher to win 30 games in a season) and 1.96 ERA for the World Series champions. He also won the American League Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player honors that season.

McLain went to prison in 1996 for embezzling $2.5 million from the pension fund of workers at his company, Peet Packing. In 1985, he was indicted on charges of racketeering, extortion and conspiring to distribute cocaine. McLain was sentenced to 23 years in prison, but only served two years when his conviction was overturned. He was also suspended from baseball in 1970 for gambling.