Monday, August 01, 2005

 

August 1st, 1950

Milt May Born

A relatively undistinguished, if sometimes good hitting, catcher for much of his career, Milt May was notable in large part for his legendary slowness afoot. In a fifteen year, nearly two thousand game career, May attempted to steal just seventeen times, or roughly once every seventy games. This was really for the best, however. May succeeded in just four of his seventeen attempts, a success rate of twenty-three percent, which isn't exactly going to cause people to confuse you with Tim Raines.

May does have a couple points he is remembered for beyond his foot speed (or lack thereof). In Game Four of the 1971 World Series, May drove in the Pirates' go-ahead run in the eighth inning, a key win for the Pirates as they were down two games to one at the time. Furthermore, May ensured his place in trivia history forever when on
May 4th, 1975 he homered to drive in Bob Watson who scored what was--at least officially--the one millionth run in Major League Baseball history.




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