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Merrill May

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pinky May played five seasons in the majors, all with the Philadelphia Phillies. He is one of the few players who played at least five seasons and had at least 100 games and 400 at-bats in each season.

May signed with the New York Yankees in 1932 out of Indiana University and was drafted by the Phillies in October 1938. He broke into the majors in 1939, playing in 135 games and leading the National League in sacrifice hits. He made the All-Star team in 1940.

He was in the Navy during World War II after his major league baseball career. He married the niece of long-timer minor-leaguer Art Funk who was a teammate at Louisville.

After his playing career ended, Pinky May was a minor league skipper, managing more than a dozen clubs. He compiled a record of 1658-1560 over 27 seasons (1947-1972) in the minors. Outside of baseball, he owned a farm and then worked for a liquor store chain.

In 1970 his son, catcher Milt May made it to the majors. His grandson Scott May played in the minors.

He was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1940)

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1947 Albany Senators Eastern League 80-58 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
1948 Albany Senators Eastern League 86-54 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
1949 Albany Senators Eastern League 93-47 1st Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1950 Albany Senators Eastern League 66-73 4th Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1951 Albany Senators Eastern League 46-92 8th none
1952 Spartanburg Peaches Tri-State League 83-55 3rd Cleveland Indians Lost League Finals
1953 Sherbrooke Indiens Provincial League 84-41 1st Cleveland Indians Lost in 1st round
1954 Reading Indians Eastern League 71-69 4th Cleveland Indians Lost League Finals
1955 Keokuk Kernels Three-I League 92-34 1st Cleveland Indians League Champs
1956 Keokuk Kernels Three-I League 60-59 3rd Cleveland Indians none
1957 Keokuk Kernels Three-I League 55-74 5th Cleveland Indians none
1958 Burlington Indians Carolina League 70-67 4th Cleveland Indians League Champs
1959 Burlington Indians Carolina League 49-81 6th Cleveland Indians
1960 Burlington Indians Carolina League 67-73 4th Cleveland Indians
1961 Dubuque Packers Midwest League 64-61 5th Cleveland Indians
1962 Selma Cloverleafs Alabama-Florida League 55-63 4th Cleveland Indians League Champs
1963 Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League 22-19 -- New York Yankees replaced by Steve Souchock on June 5
1964 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 68-71 4th Cincinnati Reds
1965 Tampa Tarpons Florida State League 24-23 -- Cincinnati Reds replaced by Richard Schmidt (2-1) on June 4
Peninsula Grays Carolina League 62-37 1st Cincinnati Reds Lost in 1st round replaced Jack Cassini (24-21) on June 7
1966 Peninsula Grays Carolina League 63-75 9th (t) Cincinnati Reds
1967 Rock Hill Indians Western Carolinas League 46-72 6th Cleveland Indians none
1968 Rock Hill Indians Western Carolinas League 54-67 5th Cleveland Indians
1969 Statesville Indians/Monroe Indians Western Carolinas League 61-63 3rd (t) Cleveland Indians
1970 Reno Silver Sox California League 79-61 2nd Cleveland Indians none
1971 Reno Silver Sox California League 64-75 7th Cleveland Indians
1972 GCL Indians Gulf Coast League 34-26 3rd Cleveland Indians none
Totals 26 years 1,698-1,590 3 League Championships

May also managed the Cleveland entry in the 1959 and 1960 Florida Instructional Leagues, per 1960 and 1961 "Sporting News Baseball Guides".

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