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Pinky May

Merrill Glend May

Position: Third Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: January 18, 1911 in Laconia, IN
School: Indiana University-Bloomington (Bloomington, IN) (All Transactions)
Debut: April 21, 1939 (Age 28.093)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1939 season [*]
Team: Phillies 1939-1943

Final Game: October 3, 1943 (Age 32.258)
Died: September 4, 2000 in Corydon, IN
Buried: Cedar Hill Cemetery, Corydon, IN
Relatives: Father of Milt May
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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 23, 2014 7:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1622. Rick Ankiel… #1623. Harry Bay… #1624. Miguel Olivo… #1625. PINKY MAY… #1626. Joe Foy… #1627. George Hall… #1628. Will Venable… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1939 28 PHI NL 135 531 464 49 133 27 3 2 62 4 41 20 .287 .346 .371 .717 97 172 16 1 25 *5
1940 ★ 29 PHI NL 136 571 501 59 147 24 2 1 48 2 58 33 .293 .371 .355 .727 106 178 9 4 8 *5/6 AS,MVP-29
1941 30 PHI NL 142 555 490 46 131 17 4 0 39 2 55 30 .267 .344 .318 .662 91 156 18 2 8 *5
1942 31 PHI NL 115 410 345 25 82 15 0 0 18 3 51 17 .238 .338 .281 .619 87 97 8 1 11 *5
1943 32 PHI NL 137 480 415 31 117 19 2 1 48 2 56 21 .282 .369 .345 .713 111 143 18 1 9 *5
5 Yrs 665 2547 2215 210 610 102 11 4 215 13 261 121 .275 .354 .337 .691 99 746 69 9 61
162 Game Avg. 162 620 540 51 149 25 3 1 52 3 64 29 .275 .354 .337 .691 99 182 17 2 15

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1939 28 PHI NL 135 531 0 -0 0 0 1 1 0.0 17 19 1.9 .501 .501 2.0 0.1 19 *5
1940 ★ 29 PHI NL 136 571 7 0 0 7 1 16 1.5 20 35 3.6 .512 .510 2.9 0.9 28 *5/6 AS,MVP-29
1941 30 PHI NL 142 555 -3 0 0 5 1 3 0.2 19 22 2.2 .502 .502 1.7 0.6 17 *5
1942 31 PHI NL 115 410 -3 -0 0 9 0 6 0.7 13 19 2.1 .506 .505 1.0 1.0 10 *5
1943 32 PHI NL 137 480 8 -0 0 2 0 10 1.1 15 25 2.7 .508 .507 2.5 0.2 23 *5
5 Seasons 665 2547 10 -0 0 23 4 36 3.6 84 120 12.4 .506 .505 10.1 2.7 97

Standard Fielding

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Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1939 PHI NL 28 3B 132 131 125 435 153 263 19 28 .956 3.15 .942 3.00
1940 PHI NL 29 3B 135 135 130 457 139 297 21 12 .954 3.23 .948 3.01 AS,MVP-29
1940 PHI NL 29 SS 1 1 1 8 1 6 1 1 .875 7.00 .950 5.50 AS,MVP-29
1941 PHI NL 30 3B 140 136 128 533 194 324 15 31 .972 3.70 .949 3.33
1942 PHI NL 31 3B 107 94 88 349 109 227 13 23 .963 3.14 .940 3.19
1943 PHI NL 32 3B 132 117 117 438 142 280 16 20 .963 3.20 .948 3.17
5 Seasons 3B 646 613 588 2212 737 1391 84 114 .962 3.29 .946 3.14
1 Season SS 1 1 1 8 1 6 1 1 .875 7.00 .950 5.50
5 Seasons TOT 647 614 589 2220 738 1397 85 115 .962 3.30 .946 3.14
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1940 NL (29, 1%)
0.01 Career Shares (1533rd)

Defensive WARs c a p y
1942 NL  1.0 (10th)

Singles s c a p y
1940 NL  120 (5th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1939 NL  25 (1st)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1939 NL  16 (8th)
1941 NL  18 (4th)
1943 NL  18 (5th)

Def. Games as 3B s c a p y
1939 NL  132 (5th)
1940 NL  135 (3rd)
1941 NL  140 (2nd)
1942 NL  107 (5th)
1943 NL  132 (4th)

Putouts as 3B s c a p y
1939 NL  153 (4th)
1940 NL  139 (2nd)
1941 NL  194 (1st)
1943 NL  142 (4th)

Assists as 3B s c a p y
1939 NL  263 (4th)
1940 NL  297 (2nd)
1941 NL  324 (1st)
1942 NL  227 (4th)
1943 NL  280 (2nd)

Errors Committed as 3B s c a p y
1939 NL  19 (5th)
1940 NL  21 (3rd)
1943 NL  16 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as 3B s c a p y
1939 NL  28 (2nd)
1941 NL  31 (1st)
1942 NL  23 (2nd)
1943 NL  20 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as 3B s c a p y
1939 NL  3.15 (2nd)
1940 NL  3.23 (1st)
1941 NL  3.70 (1st)
1942 NL  3.14 (4th)
1943 NL  3.20 (1st)
Career  3.29 (29th)

Fielding % as 3B s c a p y
1939 NL  .956 (1st)
1940 NL  .954 (2nd)
1941 NL  .972 (1st)
1942 NL  .963 (2nd)
1943 NL  .963 (1st)
Career  .962 (43rd)

                                         

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 3 (1825), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 6 (2117), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (171st), 12.4 career WAR/12.4 7yr-peak WAR/12.4 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

Transactions

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Name and misspellings: Merrill Glend Pinky May

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