Thursday, May 17, 2012
Carlos May is the only player in Major League history to wear his birthday (MAY 17) on the back of his uniform.
Brother of Lee May, he played most his 10 seasons in the major leagues with half of a thumb, hitting hit 90 career home runs. Drafted in the first round of the 1966 amateur draft by the White Sox, he spent most of his career on the North side of Chicago. His best season coincided with the years he teamed up with Dick Allen. In 1972 he he hit .308 and had 28 stolen bases and in 1973 he collected 20 home runs and 96 RBIs.
On May 18, 1976, The Sox traded Carlos to the pennant contending Yankees for pitcher Ken Brett and outfielder Rich Coggins. That year, he hit .278 and helped the Yankees make to their first World Series appearance in a decade. He started 1977 in New York and was sold to the California Angels wear he played in his final 11 major league games. I am desperately searching for a Carlos May on the Angels picture for a future FF/SP post.
From 1978 until 1981 Carlos suited up for the Nankai Hawks (now known as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks) in Japan's Pacific League.