Lee May: One of Major League Baseball’s Best Sluggers

Lee Andrew May, a former MLB first baseman, passed away on July 24, 2018. Also known as “The Big Bopper,” May was one of the most powerful sluggers in the game of Major League Baseball. This powerful 6-foot-3 man was known for his immense striking ability in which he led the Cincinnati Reds to their only win in the 1970 World Series. Despite losing the series, this was one of his biggest accomplishments. May hit a mighty three-run homerun, which led to a prominent victory. The team won an astounding 102 games during the season. Thanks to its huge success, the Cincinnati Reds was given the nickname of the “Big Red Machine.”

 

Lee May was a well-liked individual on and off the field. During his playing days, many of his peers referred to him as a gentle giant. Led by Sparky Anderson, May got a chance to play alongside of other Hall of Fame players such as Tony Perez and Johnny Bench. This extraordinary guy was a stat-stuffer. In 1971, May recorded one of his best seasons. He managed to hit 39 homeruns as well as driving in 98 runs, which helped to rank him 6th in the National League. “He was a rock-solid guy that possessed a big presence,” said Al Michaels, Cincinnati Reds announcer. Having a lot of power when hitting a baseball is an exceptional gift, but this gift helped to make him expendable to some degree. Power hitters like May often struck out and in 1972, he struck out 142 times.

 

The Houston Astros, the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals were other franchises that May played for. Though he didn’t go down as a Hall of Famer, May was able to record a stellar resume of 354 homeruns.