We're opening this morning with sad news, as MLB.com is reporting that longtime Brewer outfielder Dave May has passed away. He was 68 years old.
May was signed by the Giants as an amateur free agent in 1961 and made his major league debut as an Oriole in 1967, but didn't really get a chance to play every day in the majors until being traded to the Brewers in 1970. May played six years in Milwaukee (including a brief return in 1978) and hit .259/.322/.385 with 62 home runs in 717 games.
1973 was May's best season: He hit .303/.352/.473, led the American League with 295 total bases, was an AL All Star for the only time in his career and finished eighth in the league's MVP voting. At the time he was only the second Brewer ever to finish in the top ten.
May is perhaps best known for being the primary player the Brewers traded to Atlanta in the 1974 deal that brought Hank Aaron back to Milwaukee. At the time May was the Brewers' career leader with 637 hits and 311 runs scored, and was second with 276 RBI and 67 home runs.
Dave May is survived by his son Derrick, a ten-year major leaguer who was also a Brewer in 1995. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.