May played for three teams that went to the postseason often in the 1970s and 1980s: the Reds, Orioles, and Royals, but he never won a World Series because of bad timing. He played in the 1970 World Series as Cincinnati’s first baseman but lost to the Orioles, and in 1979 he was a pinch-hitter for Baltimore when they lost to the Pirates.
The Birmingham, Alabama native had a power swing from the right side of the plate — his 270 homers in the 1970s were surpassed by only four hitters: Willie Stargell, Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench, and Bobby Bonds.
May had his best seasons with Cincinnati, belting 38, 34, and 39 homers from 1969-71, but still, they included him in their deal with Houston at the 1971 winter meetings that brought Joe Morgan and Cesar Geronimo to the Reds. The hulking May lost about ten homers per year playing in the Astrodome but he was still a fine player.
He led the American League with 109 runs batted in for Baltimore in 1976. He ended his career in 1982 with 354 home runs. which at the time ranked 16th all-time among right-handed batters.