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JERRY MAY GAME WORN AND SIGNED PITTSBURGH PIRATES CAP
Up for sale is a game worn New Era baseball cap of the popular Pirates catcher Jerry May. This is a game worn cap from the 1968 season. The cap is in nice shape and shows heavy wear. There are indentations on the cap made from his catcher's mask which add to the provenience of the cap. The inside of the bill has the number 12 in marker. He has also autographed it on the underside of the bill "Best wishes to a real fan, Jerry May". The autograph is light, but still readable. Overall this is a great game worn and autographed cap from the 1960's. I obtained this cap and a game used bat directly from Jerry as a youngster. Please review my response and offer with confidence. Shipping will be $6.95. E-Mail with any questions. Thanks for looking.
Originally a pitcher and an outfielder, May threw six no hitters in American Legion Baseball. In 1961, he was contracted as an amateur free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who converted him to a catcher. The scout who signed him for the Pirates organization was Syd Thrift, who would later serve as general manager of the Pirates and Baltimore Orioles.
May began his playing career as a reserve catcher to Jim Pagliaroni, before becoming the Pirates' regular catcher from 1967 to 1969. May was the Pirates' catcher on June 12, 1970, when pitcher, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter—a game in which Ellis would claim to have been under the influence of LSD. Ellis, unable to feel the ball or clearly see the batter or May, claimed that May wore reflective tape on his fingers to enable the pitcher to see his target. By the 1969 season, Manny Sanguillén had taken over as the Pirates' regular catcher, and in December 1970, May was traded along with Fred Patek to the Kansas City Royals.
In a 10 year career, May played in 556 games, accumulating 357 hits in 1527 at bats for a .234 career batting average along with 15 home runs, 130 runs batted in and a .307 on base percentage. While May wasn't a strong hitter, he was valued for his defensive skills, posting a .990 fielding percentage over his career. He threw out 42.57% of the base runners who tried steal a base on him, ranking him 11th on the all-time list. May led National League catchers in 1970 with a 50% baserunners caught stealing percentage.
May died in a farming accident on June 30, 1996 at the age of 52.