Monday, March 7, 2016

#509 - Milt May

What a card: This is the final card of Milt May issued during his career. He was granted free agency status after the 1984 season and was not signed.

My observation on the front: You've gotta love that pill box cap turned backward and not a helmet in sight.

More opinion from me: Even though May started and ended his career with the Pirates, and played for five teams overall, I'll always think of him as an Astro. He played just two years for the Astros, but his '75 card with Houston was among my early pulls the first year I collected.

Something you might know: May's pinch-hit single in the seventh inning of Game 4 of the 1971 World Series scored Bob Robertson with the eventual winning run in a 4-3 victory for the Pirates over the Orioles.

Something you might not know: May's son, Scott, was a pro prospect in high school when he was involved in a severe car crash on Christmas Eve 1990. He suffered multiple head injuries, including a fractured skull, and was in a coma for 10 days. But Scott May recovered and signed a pro deal with the Pirates in 1996.

My observation on the back: Even though May is the son of a major league player, he was not included in Topps' Father-Son subset in this set. I'm guessing it's because Pinky May played before Topps made cards and a Topps card of the father was featured on every card in the subset.

The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.

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