Milt May - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Oct 31, 1973:Traded Jerry Reuss(P) to Pit-N for Milt May(C)
Dec 6, 1975:Traded Milt May(C), Jim Crawford(P) and Dave A. Roberts(P) to Det-A for Leon Roberts(OF), Terry Humphrey(C), Gene Pentz(P), and Mark Lemongello(P)

This Date in Astros History

Oct 31, 1973:Lefthander Jerry Reuss is traded to the Pirates for catcher Milt May. Reuss has an inconsistent two seasons in Houston, posting a 25-26 record with one save, but he improves on his way through a major league career that lasts 22 years. May, stuck behind Manny Sanguillen in Pittsburgh, bats .265 in two seasons before leaving for Detroit during a rebuilding purge.
May 7, 1974:Tom Griffin one-hits the Pirates, 2-1, outdueling Dock Ellis for the victory. Milt May triples home Bob Watson with the winning run.
May 22, 1974:Milt May belts a two-out pinch-hit grand slam homer off Vicente Romo in the ninth inning to topple San Diego, 5-1 . Claude Osteen and Randy Jones had dueled to a 1-1 draw for eight innings. Osteen takes the victory, allowing five hits. Osteen had once tutored Jones when the hurler was in junior high school.
Jul 14, 1974:Bob Gallagher drives in Milt May in the bottom of the 12th for a 7-6 win over the Cubs. It rains indoors! Workers forget to replace some tiles in the Astrodome roof and an evening downpour creates puddles in right and center fields while showering a few lucky outfield ticket-holders who are handed plastic trash bags for shelter.
Aug 5, 1974:Greg Gross raps five singles to lead the Astros over San Francisco, 7-2. In fact, it might have been Singles Night since 18 of Houston's 19 hits are the one-base variety. Pitcher Don Wilson has the double and two singles to help himself. Milt May drives in three.
Aug 6, 1974:Bob Watson homers, triples and drives in four to pace a 13-4 clubbing in San Francisco. Besides Watson, Greg Gross, Milt May and Doug Rader notch three hits apiece. Mike Cosgrove pitches 4-1/third innings of relief for the win.
May 4, 1975:Bob Watson scores baseball's millionth run in the first game of a doubleheader split in San Francisco. Despite Milt May's homer, Watson runs full speed around the bases, edging Cincinnati's Dave Concepcion for the milestone moment . Watson should have given lessons about finding home plate. A record 41 walks are issued in the twinbill, with an league-record 26 coming in the nightcap which Houston pulls out, 12-8. J.R. Richard walks a club-record eleven batters in the second game.
May 25, 1975:Coming back from an early 6-0 deficit, the Astros tie the Expos in the ninth on Cesar Cedeno's leadoff blast into the center field tunnel. Montreal's Mike Jorgensen doubles off Joe Niekro in the 12th to snap the tie. Doug Rader cracks his third double and fifth hit of the game before Enos Cabell doubles to tie it again. Milt May's bloop eludes three Expos for the game-winner to give Houston an 8-7 triumph.
Dec 6, 1975:Houston deals catcher Milt May and pitchers Jim Crawford and Dave Roberts to Detroit for outfielder Leon Roberts and pitchers Mark Lemongello and Gene Pentz. It is primarily a cost-cutting move for the Astros although both May and Roberts are coming off disappointing seasons. Lemongello would author a 21-29 record over the next three seasons while Pentz would compile an 8-5 mark with seven saves in three years.