If you are an avid baseball fan, you may or may not be familiar with the name Lee May. Lee made his name with the Cincinnati Reds baseball team and he still remains a beloved figure etched in the hearts of many fans from the era in which he played. While Lee didn’t end his career in Cincinnati as a player, his time there along with his accomplishments eventually landed him in the Hall of Fame. Let’s take a look at this baseball legend and learn why many fans still appreciate his successful career.
Lee May was a very important part of the legacy of those Cincinnati Reds. He played alongside other legends such as Johnny Bench and Pete Rose. Although these guys were bigger in name and accomplishments, Lee managed to carve his name into the fabric of Reds history also. Lee had a huge part in the Reds adopting the name of the Big Red Machne during the years of 1975 and 1976. The name came about when the team that Lee played on broke a record by winning 70 of the first 100 games in 1970.
Although Lee May has provided many lasting memories for most Cincinnati baseball fans on the field, one regretful memory that is stuck in most fan’s minds is the trade that sent Lee to Houston for Joe Morgan.
Even though Lee went on to establish a solid career, the road to his success wasn’t always easy. While spending six years in the farm system minor league, he never thought his dreams of making it to the major league would ever come true. But his big break came when he became the rookie of the year in 1967 and out of 438 at- bats had 12 home runs and 57 RBI.
Even after Lee May’s time was over as a player, he found it hard to cut ties with the team who gave him his start. After retirement in 1982, he returned to Cincinnati to become the coach of the Reds.