Sunday was a good day on the field for the Reds, finally, as rookie pitcher Luis Castillo was superb in a 6-4 win over the Marlins, yet Monday morning dawned dimly as tributes poured out in reaction to the passing of former Cincinnati first baseman Lee May.
He played for the Reds from 1965-’71 before being a primary component in a trade with the Astros that sent Joe Morgan, Cesar Geronimo and Jack Billingham to Cincinnati.
In 18 Major League Baseball seasons with the Reds, Astros, Orioles, he batted .267 with 354 home runs and 1,244 RBI. May was a three-time All-Star, and one of Reds Hall of Fame broadcaster Marty Brennaman’s favorite players and people. His tribute on 700 WLW before Sunday’s game was quite moving.
While Castillo put the clamps on the team that traded him to Cincinnati, legendary baseball writer Hal McCoy paid respect Sunday, writing warmly about the “Big Bopper of Birmingham,” as May was one of 11 former MLB players to register 100 or more RBI with three different teams.
Plenty of others remember May fondly as well.