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Milton Scott May (born August 1, 1950 in Gary, Indianamarker) is a former Major League Baseball player from 1970 to 1984 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, and San Francisco Giants. May was a catcher who hit for a fairly high batting average during the era in which he played. He spent 15 seasons as a catcher in the major leagues, played in the 1971 World Series for Pittsburgh and had .263 career average with 77 home runs. He also drove in the millionth run in MLB history on May 4, 1975, with three-run homer.


He is the son of baseball third baseman Pinky May and the brother-in-law of pitcher Pat Osburn. May was a shortstop at St. Petersburg High Schoolmarker. He lives in Bradenton, Floridamarker with his wife, Brenda. He has two children: Scott and Merily.


Milt was signed as an infielder by the Pirates, who made him a catcher. He was a good handler of pitchers and a left-handed line-drive hitter who rarely swung at a bad pitch, but also was reputedly the slowest runner in the majors for much of his career. At age 21, he drove in Pittsburgh's winning run in Game Four of the 1971 World Series.

Tragedy struck the Pirates in late 1972, when outfielder Roberto Clemente died in a 1972 plane crash. May was slated to replace the legendary Clemente in the Pirates lineup in 1973, with catcher Manny Sanguillén moving to right field. However the experiment ended by July when it was determined that Sanguillen could not adjust to playing in the outfield and May was back on the Pirates' bench.

After the 1973 season, the Houston Astros traded Jerry Reuss for May, making him their everyday catcher. On May 4, 1975, May drove in Bob Watson for MLB's one millionth run. On June 13, 1980 during a 3-1 win over the New York Mets‚ May hit franchise homer #9‚000 for the Giants. John Montgomery Ward hit homer #1 in 1883‚ and #8‚000 was hit by Bobby Bonds on September 4‚ 1971. He was charged with 18 passed balls in 1975 for the Astros who had knuckleballer Joe Niekro on their staff.

May was then traded to Detroit, where he played six games in 1976, before a broken ankle sidelined him for the season. Later with the 1981 Giants, he batted .310 -the highest mark ever for a San Francisco catcher.

He was re-acquired by the Pirates late in 1983, and was made a coach for 1987.

May was the regular catcher for the Pirates, Astros, Tigers, and Giants at various points of his career.

After retiring from baseball, he had a coaching career with various teams. He was major-league hitting coach for 10 seasons in Pittsburgh (1987-96) and two with the Florida Marlins (1997-98). He spend the first half of the 1999 season with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and was later named a pitching coach for the Colorado Rockies. "Scouted for Colorado in 2000, then spent the 2001 season as a Pirates minor-league hitting coordinator."

See also


  1. MEET THE RAYS. MARC TOPKIN. St. Petersburg Times (Florida). SPORTS; BASEBALL 2002: Play Time; RAYS 2002; Pg. 6X. March 31, 2002

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