This morning when I looked at the date- and saw it was May 17th- the first thing I thought of was- Carlos May Day. Carlos May wore his birth date on the back of his uniform- May 17. He turns 73 years old today.
Carlos May played in the major leagues from 1968-1977- mainly with the Chicago White Sox before finishing up with the New York Yankees and California Angels.
In 1969 May was serving in the Marine Reserves at Camp Pendleton when he suffered what could have been a career ending injury. He was cleaning a mortar when it fired causing a partial amputation of his right thumb. He overcame this injury and was The Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year in 1970. He would make the All-Star team twice in his career.
Carlos May was the younger brother of Lee May- who played eighteen years in the major leagues-for the Reds, Astros, Orioles and Royals- Lee was the better ballplayer of the two- not Hall of Fame quality but was a star. Carlos and Lee May were the first brothers to play against each other in an All-Star Game.