Astros in the Sky
The Deadball Era
Born: Dec 11, 1934
A unique player in Astros history, outfielder Lee Maye (not to be confused with first baseman Lee May) came to Houston in 1965 in a trade for pitcher Ken Johnson. The Alabama native came up with the Braves in 1959 and once led the league in doubles. However, his hitting style didn't mesh with the Astrodome and his numbers suffered during his two seasons in Houston. He hit .268 with 12 homers in 123 games before the Astros dealt him to Cleveland.
From there, he played for the Senators and White Sox before closing his 13-year career in 1971. Overall, he hit .274 with 94 homers.
Maye had two careers. While he was playing baseball, he was also cutting records as the lead singer for Arthur Lee Maye and the Crowns. His biggest hit, "Halfway Out Of Love", made the Billboard Magazine R&B charts. He was signed to sing at a club called the Dome Shadows, which was being sued by Judge Roy Hofheinz for using the word "Dome" in their business name. Maye professed no conflict of interest working for both employers.