Last year the Cincinnati Reds lost “The Big Bopper of Birmingham,” Lee May. He is also known for his rookie year in Birmingham, AL which earned him “Rookie of the Year” in 1967. He leaves behind a rich history of being a part of the Big Red Machine, a term of endearment given to the Cincinnati Reds during their mid ’70’s championship seasons. May was the center piece of this franchise, their winning 70 game streak, and their first pennant win since the 1960’s.
He played amongst team mates that are famous for their own rights such as; Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, and many others. His winning swinging bat will be remembered by Reds fans all over the world. Although Lee May was traded and played the rest of his career with the Astros, Orioles and Royals; Lee himself will tell you that he is a Cincinnati Red at heart. After retiring he went on to becoming a hitting instructor for the Royals. He later returned back to Cincinnati to begin his coaching career for his home franchise.
Lee May’s astonishing career will now be a part of the Cincinnati Red’s Hall of Fame and Museum forever. His induction will not only mark his accomplishments, but solidify him as a central part of the Big Red Machine that rushed through the franchise’s pivotal winning seasons of the mid ’70’s. He will be remembered for his contribution to winning the pennant for Cincinnati which broke their losing streak. May Lee May’s bat swing forever!
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