Major League Baseball definitely has its fare share of phenomenal players, and Lee Andrew May is one of these individuals. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who don’t even know who this man is or what he has achieved. Lee May is the epitome of the term unsung hero. Despite his rather stellar baseball career, May’s name don’t always get the respect that it deserves. He was a one of the most powerful hitters in the game during for most of his career. He has played for the Houston Astros, has played for the Cincinnati Reds, has played for the Kansas City Royals and has played for the Baltimore Orioles.
May grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and he was a multi-sport athlete while in high school. Though the University of Nebraska offered him a scholarship, he would go on to sign with the Cincinnati Reds in which this organization gave him a $12,000 bonus. During the early 1960s, May would work his way up through the Minor League and by 1965, he would begin his career with the Reds. Carlos May, an outfielder who played for the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox, is the younger brother of Lee May. That’s right! Though he was an exceptional hitter, May would strike out a lot. Of course, this is normal for sluggers, and Lee May was different.
During his first trip to the World Series in 1971, May helped the team clinch a victory. This 6 foot 3 guy gave the Reds their only win thanks to his three-run homerun during the eight inning. Though he was a rather powerful guy in stature, he also had a great sense of humor.
Lee May has blessed the game of baseball with his natural talents, but he has succumb to pneumonia. May’s death was recorded on July 29, 2017. Despite is shortcomings in an overall sense, Lee May has been memorialized by becoming an MLB Hall of Famer.