Paul Blair remembers Dave May, who broke into baseball with the
"Unfortunately, when he got here (in 1967), there wasn't any room for him to play. He just couldn't break into our lineup," said Blair, the Orioles standout center fielder who was flanked by
May died Saturday of
A reserve with the Orioles, he hit .216 before being dealt to Milwaukee in mid-1970. A journeyman who played for five clubs, May lasted 12 seasons and had his best year with the
"He had great memories of Baltimore," said his son, Derrick May, who played 10 years in the majors and is now minor league hitting coach for the
"Dad didn't play much with the Orioles, and he liked to tell about how he used to eat while sitting on the bench. That was against team rules, but he would sneak in his crab cakes and eat them when no one was looking."
Or so Dave May thought.
"He knew his secret was out."