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Lee May
First baseman
Born: March 23, 1943 (1943-03-23) (age 66)
Birmingham, Alabama
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 1, 1965 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1982 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Batting average     .267
Home runs     354
Runs batted in     1,244
Career highlights and awards

Lee Andrew May (born March 23, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball. From 1965 through 1982, May played for the Cincinnati Reds (1965-71), Houston Astros (1972-74), Baltimore Orioles (1975-80) and Kansas City Royals (1981-82). He batted and threw right-handed. He is the brother of former Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees outfielder Carlos May. His son, Lee May, Jr. is currently the Hitting Coach for the Akron Aeros.



In an 18-season career, May posted a .267 batting average, with 354 home runs and 1244 runs batted in in 2071 games.

A three-time All-Star, May was one of the most consistent sluggers of his generation. During eleven consecutive seasons, he compiled 20 or more home runs and 80 or more RBIs (1968-1978), with career-highs 39 home runs in 1971 and 110 RBIs in 1969. In 1973 with the National League's Houston Astros, May had a 21-game hitting streak (May 30 to June 22), setting a club record. He also hit a three-home run game in the same season (on June 21). Beside this, he was prone to strike out; ten times, he fanned more than 100 times in a season and compiled 1,570 in his career, although when he did get a hit, it was most often a home run that helped win the game. May is just one of eleven big leaguers to reach the 100-RBI plateau playing for three different teams (the others being Dick Allen, Joe Carter, Orlando Cepeda, Rocky Colavito, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Reggie Jackson, Al Simmons, Vic Wertz), and Alex Rodriguez.

May hit the last home run in the history of Crosley Field. The shot came in the eighth inning off San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal in the final game ever played at the stadium, on June 24, 1970, and won the game for the Reds, 5-4.

In his last three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, May was primarily used as a designated hitter to make room for Eddie Murray at first base. However, in the 1979 World Series, May only batted twice because the use of the DH wasn't allowed in that series. May was a major contributor that season with 19 homers and 69 RBIs.


May has three children and nine grandchildren. His son Lee May Jr was a New York Mets 1st Round Pick in the 1980s

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Preceded by
George Scott
American League RBI Champion
Succeeded by
Larry Hisle
Preceded by
Rusty Staub
Houston Astros Longest Hitting Streak
Succeeded by
César Cedeño
Preceded by
Rocky Colavito
Kansas City Royals Hitting Coach
Succeeded by
Hal McRae
Preceded by
Tony Pérez
Cincinnati Reds First Base Coach
Succeeded by
Tony Pérez
Preceded by
Tony Pérez
Tampa Bay Rays First Base Coach
Succeeded by
Billy Hatcher


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