Al Kaline should have been a chemist. That's basically it. If people told him that, did he reply with an acid remark?
Jim Ryun was an Olympic athlete who broke the four minute mile. I remember in grade school I saw an article about him. The headline on the article was Run, Ryun, Run, so I logically assumed his name was pronounced "Run." But I checked some youtube videos and his name is pronounced Ryan.
He then became a Congressman, so I guess he decided to "Ryun" for office...
I hope this isn't too far off-topic, but some surnames are fairly recent. There's a Biblical scholar named Peter Machinist. His family was from S. Europe, and his grandfather was in a little village, a tailor, and he had a sewing machine. He was the first person in the village to have a sewing machine, so he was known as Moses the Machinist. So that became the family name.
Did Babe Ruth play baseball "Ruthlessly"?