On this day in 1934 Arthur Lee Maye was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was 19 years old when the Milwaukee Braves signed him as an amateur free agent in 1954, and 24 when he made his major league debut by playing in 52 games as an outfielder in 1959.
Maye played 13 major league seasons, but the first seven of them were spent patroling the outfield in Milwaukee during the Braves' final years in town. His best season came in 1964, when he hit .304/.346/.447, played in a career high 153 games (the only time he made more than 124 appearances as a major leaguer), scored a career high 96 runs and led the NL with 44 doubles.
Maye only played in 15 games for the 1965 Braves before being dealt to Houston. He played for four more teams over his final seven seasons before calling it a career following the 1971 campaign.
Maye passed away in 2002, or he would have turned 77 today. With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd also like to wish a happy birthday to:
- 2009 Brewer Josh Butler, who turns 27.
- 1990 Brewer Bob Sebra, who turns 49.