Former Tigers pitching great Denny McLain ballooned to more than 300 pounds following his playing days, but recently dropped more than 150 thanks to a surgery. (Detroit News)
Former Tigers pitcher Denny McLain has lost more than 150 pounds as a result of bariatric surgery he underwent last June, according to a report by WWJ Newsradio 950.
McLain told reporter Roberta Jasina he has dropped 24 pants sizes, plus a shoe size.
“Well, I don’t know if I’ve ever looked good naked,” McLain told Jasina. “But, you know, for the lack of a better term with no further explanation, I’m much more acceptable. And, by the way, I’m seeing things now I forgot I had!”
It’s not clear exactly what McLain weighed before the surgery, but he was well over 300 pounds following his playing days.
He often struggled to get around.
“I had the fattest feet in Michigan; I had gorilla feet,” he told Jasina. “I mean, put hair on my feet I’d look like King Kong.”
McLain is down 156 pounds and he said his ultimate goal is to get to his “playing weight.” He was under 200 pounds for most of his 10-year career, most of which was spent in Detroit. He was 117-62 in eight seasons with the Tigers, winning Cy Youngs in 1968 and ’69 and helping the team to the ’68 World Series championship.
McLain told Jasina he decided on the surgery so he could help care for his wife, Sharon, who recently was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.