Wednesday, November 13, 2019

1981 Topps Rudy May

The front: Simple headshot at Yankee Stadium, though it seems to have been taken at a somewhat crooked angle.

The back: May’s career stretched back to 1965, leaving no room for a cartoon or blurb.

The player: Rudy May was a solid starting pitcher in the major leagues for 16 seasons. Between 1969 and 1980 he had eight seasons of double-digit wins, mostly with ERA in the high 2’s or low 3’s. 1980 was his best season, going 15-5 with an AL-best 2.46 ERA for the Yankees. Overall, in 535 games for the Angels, Yankees, Orioles and Expos, he went 152-156 with a 3.46 ERA.

The man: May worked as a marketing consultant for BP for over 20 years. He is now retired, doing a lot of fishing and being active on Twitter.

My collection: I have 22 of his cards, from 1970 to 1984. I would be interested in trading for 1965 Topps #537 and 1972 Topps #656.

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