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July 18 – Happy Birthday Rudy May

Rudy May was a Yankee twice during his sixteen-season career. The first time was from June 15, 1974, when the southpaw pitcher was purchased by New York from the Angels until June 15, 1976, when he was traded in a ten-player blockbuster deal with the Orioles. The Yankees sent May, Rick Dempsey, Tippy Martinez, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan to Baltimore and got Doyle Alexander, Scott Holtzman, Elrod Hendricks, Grant Jackson and somebody named Jimmy Freeman from the birds. During his first tenure in pinstripes, Rudy had gone 26-19 including a 14-12 season in 1975. He had enough mojo back then to get the honor of starting the first-ever game in the newly renovated Yankee Stadium, in 1976 (The Yankees won the game but Rudy pitched just two innings).

Rudy pitched well for the Orioles, winning 29 games for them during the next season and a half and then he was traded to the Expos, where he again performed very effectively and became a free agent after the 1979 season. That’s when the Yankees brought him back to the Bronx a second time and he rewarded them for that decision with a 15-5 season and the AL ERA title (2.46). Dick Howser used May as both a starter and reliever that season and Rudy thrived in the dual role. But then two things happened that helped derail May’s career. George Steinbrenner dumped Howser after the Yankees were knocked out of the playoffs in 1980. From that point on, it appeared as if George had totalitarian control of all front-office and even some dugout-based decisions. Then the disastrous 1981 strike severely damaged owner-player and team-fan relationships. In December of 1981, the Yankees had actually completed a trade with the Royals that would have sent May to Kansas City for their veteran outfielder, Hal McRae but both players had clauses in their contracts that required them to approve such deals and neither did. An efficient and professional front office would have asked for the player’s approval before making such a deal. May never again felt comfortable or pitched effectively in pinstripes. He left the Yankees and big league baseball after the 1983 season. May was born on this date in 1944, in Coffeyville, Kansas. His career regular season stats as a Yankee pitcher are shown below.

This Yankee Manager who won four World Series rings with New York, this Yankee utility infielder and this one-time Yankee pinch-hitter also celebrate birthdays today.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1974 NYY 8 4 .667 2.28 17 15 1 8 2 0 114.1 75 36 29 5 48 90 1.076
1975 NYY 14 12 .538 3.06 32 31 0 13 1 0 212.0 179 87 72 9 99 145 1.311
1976 NYY 4 3 .571 3.57 11 11 0 2 1 0 68.0 49 32 27 5 28 38 1.132
1980 NYY 15 5 .750 2.46 41 17 13 3 1 3 175.1 144 56 48 14 39 133 1.044
1981 NYY 6 11 .353 4.14 27 22 1 4 0 1 147.2 137 71 68 10 41 79 1.205
1982 NYY 6 6 .500 2.89 41 6 22 0 0 3 106.0 109 43 34 4 14 85 1.160
1983 NYY 1 5 .167 6.87 15 0 4 0 0 0 18.1 22 15 14 1 12 16 1.855
16 Yrs 152 156 .494 3.46 535 360 73 87 24 12 2622.0 2314 1150 1007 199 958 1760 1.248
CAL (7 yrs) 51 76 .402 3.67 230 170 22 35 12 5 1138.2 971 520 464 96 484 844 1.278
NYY (7 yrs) 54 46 .540 3.12 184 102 41 30 5 7 841.2 715 340 292 48 281 586 1.183
MON (2 yrs) 18 13 .581 3.26 60 30 9 6 2 0 237.2 229 103 86 19 73 154 1.271
BAL (2 yrs) 29 21 .580 3.68 61 58 1 16 5 0 404.0 399 187 165 36 120 176 1.285
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/18/2013.