Lee May – Introduction to his Career
Lee May recently passed away on July 29th, 2017 as a Hall of Fame member of the Cincinnati Reds baseball organization. Lee May signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 1961, and played within the organization at a lower level for several seasons. In 1967, he became well known and received a chance in the big league after playing sensationally well.
Lee May – Rookie of the Year (The Sporting News)
After a fantastic rookie season, and accomplishing some very respectable numbers, Lee May was named Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News. His rookie season included twelve home runs and many outfield drives and base hits. One of his teammates even nicknamed him as “The Big Bopper of Birmingham” after his success.
Lee May – More Success in ’68 and ’69
Lee May continued his success in 1968 and 1969 solidifying his spot on the roster of the Reds. He often led the organization in home runs throughout the regular season, which helped raise the Reds to the top of their division. His presence on the field played a significant role when trying to intimidate opponents, or when trying to assist teammates through a slump.
Lee May – Hall of Fame Induction
Lee May was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2006 for his remarkable contributions on the field for the organization. His success with the team lifted his teammates and his city, and much of the success could not have been possible without May’s contributions.