Rudy May

Rudolph May, Jr. (born July 18, 1944) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1965 to 1983 for the Los Angeles and California Angels, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos.[1] Early in his career, May had a live fastball, but was known best for his "sharp-breaking curve."[2] May was the 1980 American League ERA leader.[3]

Rudy May
Rudy May 1977
Pitcher
Born: July 18, 1944 (age 75)
Coffeyville, Kansas
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 18, 1965, for the Los Angeles Angels
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1983, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record152–156
Earned run average3.46
Strikeouts1,760
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early years

May played high school baseball at Castlemont High School in Oakland, California. One of his high school teammates was future Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan. Signed by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent in 1962, May was one of the last players in Major League Baseball to be exempt from the later adoption of the Major League Baseball draft. He pitched in 32 games for Class A Bismarck-Mandan, with 11 wins and 11 losses, pitching 168 innings in 24 games. He chose not to re-sign with Minnesota.

In 1963 May was selected first in the 1963 First Year draft by the Chicago White Sox. He pitched over 300 innings in 1964, split between the Single-A Tidewater Tides and Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, with 17 wins and 8 losses in 207 innings in 30 appearances.

After the 1964 season, May was traded by the White Sox to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Bill Heath and a player to be named later (Joel Gibson). The Phillies then traded May to the California Angels for pitcher Bo Belinsky.[4]

MLB career

May made his Major League debut against the Detroit Tigers in 1965 pitching for the Angels. He pitched 9 innings, giving up one run and one hit, while striking out 10 and walking 5, throwing 139 pitches, and received a no-decision. May appeared in 30 games for the Angels in 1965. May pitched in the Angels minor league system from 1966 to 1968, including a stint with the Seattle Angels. He appeared in 45 games over three seasons. He won 18 games and lost 10, in 248 innings.

May returned to the Major Leagues for good in 1969 with the Angels, and appeared in 200 games between 1969 and the beginning of the 1974 season as a starter and reliever. Over 1,013 innings, May posted a record of 47 wins and 67 losses with California.[5]

Halfway through the 1974 season, May's contract was purchased by the New York Yankees.[6] He posted 22 wins and 16 losses in 326 innings over 49 appearances with the Yankees.

Two years to the day after he was acquired by New York, May was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in a 10-player swap. The Yankees traded Rick Dempsey, Tippy Martinez, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan to Baltimore for Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, Elrod Hendricks, Ken Holtzman and Grant Jackson. May appeared in 58 games posting a record of 28 wins and 21 loses over 403 innings with the Orioles.

On December 7, 1977, May was traded to the Montreal Expos, along with Randy Miller and Bryn Smith for Joe Kerrigan, Gary Roenicke and Don Stanhouse. May pitched primarily out of the bullpen for Montreal and recorded 18 wins and 13 losses, appearing in 49 games and recording 237 innings.

May re-signed with the New York Yankees on November 8, 1979. During the 1980 season with New York, May led the American League with an ERA of 2.46, which was his best career mark. Through his final four seasons in Major League Baseball, May won 28 games and lost 27.

In 1965 with the Angels, May earned a salary of $6,000. In 1983, his final year with the Yankees, his salary was $620,000. [7]

Personal life

When May was 17 he enrolled in an underwater diving program. After completion of the course, May was a certified diver.[8]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Rudy May Stats | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  2. ^ James, Bill; Neyer, Rob (2008-06-16). The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781439103777.
  3. ^ "Rudy May Stats | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  4. ^ Mearns, Andrew (September 19, 2013). "Pinstripe Alley Top 100 Yankees: #89 Rudy May". pinstripealley.com. SB Nation. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  5. ^ "Rudy May Stats | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  6. ^ Rudy May of Angels bought by Yankees
  7. ^ "Rudy May Stats | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  8. ^ MacDonald, Ian (May 9, 1978). "Rudy May: Scuba diver at heart". The Gazette. Montreal. p. 26. Retrieved December 9, 2014.

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1963 Minnesota Twins season

The 1963 Minnesota Twins finished 91–70, third in the American League. 1,406,652 fans attended Twins games, the highest total in the American League.

1964 Chicago White Sox season

The 1964 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 64th season in the major leagues, and its 65th season overall. They finished with a record of 98–64, good enough for second place in the American League, just one game behind the first-place New York Yankees.

1964 Minnesota Twins season

After winning 91 games the previous two seasons, the 1964 Minnesota Twins slumped to 79–83, a disappointing tie for sixth with the Cleveland Indians in the American League, 20 games behind the AL champion New York Yankees.

1965 California Angels season

The 1965 California Angels season was the fifth year of play for the American Major League Baseball franchise. The 1965 Angels finished seventh in the American League with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses, putting them 27 games behind the AL Champion Minnesota Twins. It was also the final season for the franchise in the city of Los Angeles before moving to their new stadium in nearby Anaheim for the following season. In their fourth and last year as tenants at Chávez Ravine, the Angels drew only 566,727 fans, eighth in the ten-team Junior Circuit and almost two million fans fewer than their landlords, the Dodgers, who were en route to the 1965 world championship.

1965 Chicago White Sox season

The 1965 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 65th season in the major leagues, and its 66th season overall. They finished with a record 95–67, good enough for second place in the American League, 7 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins.

1970 California Angels season

The 1970 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing third in the American League West with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses.

1971 California Angels season

The 1971 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing 4th in the American League West with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

1972 California Angels season

The 1972 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing 5th in the American League West with a record of 75 wins and 80 losses.

1974 California Angels season

The 1974 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses.

1974 New York Yankees season

The 1974 New York Yankees season was the 72nd season for the team in New York and its 74th overall dating from its origins in Baltimore. The team finished with a record of 89–73, finishing 2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. New York was managed by Bill Virdon. The Yankees played at Shea Stadium due to the ongoing renovation of Yankee Stadium.

1975 New York Yankees season

The 1975 New York Yankees season was the 73rd season for the Yankees in New York, and the franchise's 75th season overall. The team finished with a record of 83–77, finishing 12 games behind the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees played at Shea Stadium due to the ongoing renovation of Yankee Stadium, which would re-open in 1976.

Bill Virdon opened the season as Yankees manager, but he was replaced on August 1 by Billy Martin. This would be the first of five stints as Yankees manager for Martin.

1976 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1976 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing second in the American League East with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses.

1976 New York Yankees season

The 1976 New York Yankees season was the 74th season for the Yankees in New York, and the 76th season overall for the franchise. The team finished with a record of 97–62, finishing 10½ games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles to win their first American League East title.

In the ALCS, the Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals in 5 games. Chris Chambliss's walk-off home run in Game 5 clinched the pennant for the Yankees.

In the World Series, they were defeated in a four-game sweep by the defending champion Cincinnati Reds, marking only the second time that the Yankees had ever been swept in a World Series in their history (following the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers).

New York was managed by Billy Martin. The Yankees returned to the newly renovated Yankee Stadium.

1977 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1977 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing second in the American League East with a record of 97 wins and 64 losses.

1978 Montreal Expos season

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1980 American League Championship Series

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1980 New York Yankees season

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Brant Alyea

Garrabrant Ryerson Alyea (born December 8, 1940) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals. In 1965, he became the ninth player to hit a home run on his first MLB pitch.

Born in Passaic, New Jersey, Alyea grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey and graduated from Rutherford High School, where he played basketball and quarterbacked the football team, in addition to baseball.Originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds, Alyea was drafted a year later by the Washington Senators.

Alyea made his major league debut on September 12, 1965. Called to the plate as a pinch hitter, he hit a home run off Los Angeles Angels pitcher Rudy May on the first pitch he saw in the Majors.

His most productive season came in 1970 for the Minnesota Twins, when he posted career numbers in batting average (.291) home runs (16) and runs batted in (61), including seven-RBI games on April 7 (Opening Day) and September 7.In between, Alyea played winter ball for the Cardenales de Lara, Tiburones de La Guaira and Tigres de Aragua clubs of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, leading the circuit in home runs in 1968 (17) and 1971 (12), and for RBI in 1971 (36). In addition, he played with the VPBL champion Tigres in the 1972 Caribbean Series.After his baseball playing days were over, Alyea oversaw the crap tables at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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