Date and Place of Birth: January 18, 1911 Laconia, Indiana
September 4, 2000
Position: Third Base
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
Merrill G “Pinky” May was born on January 18,
May spent the next two years with
In 1940, he batted .293 for the Phillies and was an all-star selection, remaining the team’s regular third baseman until entering military service with the Navy on November 22, 1943.
May played for Lieutenant Mickey Cochrane's
|Pinky May with Pee Wee Reese and Johnny Vander Meer in the Pacific|
May was part of the Western Pacific Tour squad
that played ball games for the fighting troops on Pacific islands in
1945. He was then assigned to the
May was released by the Phillies upon his return from service in 1946. He became a manager in the minor leagues for the next four decades and his son, Milt May, had a 15-year career as a major league catcher.
Merrill “Pinky” May passed away on September 4,
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