Back in playing shape – Pitcher Denny McLain joined the Detroit Tigers in 1963. In 1968, he became the last pitcher to win 31 games in a season.
Back in playing shape – He was known during his playing days for consuming a case of Pepsi every day -- a habit that added 10 pounds a year to his 6-foot-1-inch frame.
Back in playing shape – McLain gained weight steadily after retiring from baseball. Here he hangs out with current Detroit Tiger pitcher Justin Verlander, left, and McLain's former teammate, Jon Warden, center, at last summer's 45th anniversary of the Tigers' 1968 World Series win.
Back in playing shape – While touring the country to promote his books, McLain often had to be in a wheelchair because the extra pounds put too much pressure on his knees.
Back in playing shape – When his wife Sharon was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, McLain decided to have a sleeve gastrectomy. "She is my life and the best person in the world," McLain says.
Back in playing shape – McLain has since lost 162 pounds. He only eats one meal a day, snacking on nuts and drinking flavored water the rest of the day.
Back in playing shape – "I can do things now, I could never do," McLain says.