A heavy drinker, McLean became better known for his erratic behavior and violent outbursts rather than his playing. In 1915, he was suspended for failing to stay in shape. He decided to let out his frustrations violently, targeting scout Dick Kinsella and Giants manager John McGraw. McLean and a group of friends attacked them in the lobby of the team’s hotel. The brawl ended when Kinsella broke a chair over McLean’s head. Unsurprisingly, McLean was immediately fired from the New York Giants and never played in another major league game.
As a young child, Amy Van Dyken was diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma (EIA), now known as exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). Her asthma is also triggered by allergies and respiratory infections. At that time, her doctors suggested she take up a sport as a way to strengthen her lungs and prevent future asthma attacks. It’s been proposed that exercise has an anti-inflammatory effect in children with asthma. At 6 years old, the Colorado native decided she wanted to be a swimmer. It took her another six years, alongside managing her asthma, to finally be able to swim the full length of the pool.
Ratjen went on to win gold for Germany at the European Athletics Championships in Vienna in 1938. She cleared the bar in the high jump at meters, setting a new world record. On the train home, she was stopped by a policeman as she stretched her legs on the platform at Magdeburg. A ticket inspector had informed the officer that Ratjen was really a man disguised as a woman. The policeman asked Ratjen to accompany him to the station, and Ratjen was arrested that afternoon, charged with suspicion of fraud. Her gold medal was confiscated.