Former big leaguer Dave May dies at 68

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The former Brewers outfielder is best known for the trade he was involved in that sent Hank Aaron back to Milwaukee.

Dave May, whose biggest claim to baseball fame was that he was traded for Hank Aaron, has died at age 68, according to the New York Times:

May had his best years in Milwaukee. In 1973 he batted .303, hit 25 home runs, had 93 runs batted in and was named to the All-Star team. In November 1974 he and a minor league pitcher were traded to the Braves for Aaron, then the career major league home run champion, who had left Milwaukee when the Braves decamped for Atlanta after the 1965 season.

Overall, May played 12 big-league seasons and hit .251/.318/.375 with 96 home runs; that might not seem like much now, but in that lower-offense era his OPS+ was a near-league-average 98. He had a son who also played major-league ball; Derrick May played 10 seasons with the Cubs, Brewers, Phillies, Astros, Expos and Orioles and is now the minor-league hitting coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Derrick's son Derrick Jr. will play college baseball at Villanova and could someday make the May family another three-generation baseball family.

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