Derrick May

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Derrick May was a three-sport star at Newark High School who parlayed his hitting skills into an 18-year professional baseball career that included 10 seasons in the major leagues. A first team
All-State offensive end, May helped Newark win consecutive state football championships in 1984 and 1985. Derrick accepted a scholarship to play football and baseball at Virginia Tech before the
Chicago Cubs made him a first-round draft selection – ninth overall – in 1986. May was an all-star in both the Carolina League and Southern League and reached the major leagues in September 1990. He
became a regular outfielder for the Cubs in 1992-93-94. He also played significant time for both the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros in 1995-96. He played for the Phillies in 1997, the Montreal
Expos in 1998, and the Orioles in 1999. In 1993, he hit .295 with 10 homers, 25 doubles, 77 RBIs, 62 runs and 10 stolen bases in 128 games, and was named Delaware Athlete of the Year by the Delaware
Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association. Over his major league career, May played in 797 games, with a .271 batting average, 52 home runs, 310 RBIs, a .319 on-base percentage; and .398 slugging
average. He had over 2,387 plate appearances, a total exceeded by few Delaware high school graduates, among them his father, Dave May (DSMHOF 1984). May also played three seasons, 2001-03, in the
Japanese League producing 59 homers and 234 RBIs. He is currently the hitting coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals.



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