Saturday, June 12, 2010

Senators Saturday - Lee Maye, 1970.

Lee Maye, shown here on card number 439 of the 1970 Topps set, came to the Senators in a trade in June of 1969. Washington sent Bill Denehy to Cleveland in return.

Maye would appear in 96 games for Washington in 1970. 63 of those games were in right field. Lee would play 493.2 innings on defense and handle 79 chances without an error. His 1.000 fielding percentage was well above the league average.

At bat the veteran began to show his age as his batting average slipped from .290 the previous season to .263 in 1970. His on base percentage dropped 24 points to .321. In 277 plate appearances he walked 21 times while striking out 32 times. Lee scored 28 times and managed 30 RBI. He also had seven home runs and 12 doubles.

1970 was Maye's last year with Washington. On September 11, 1970 the White Sox took him off waivers from the Senators. The ChiSox would release him in July of 1971 and that would end his MLB career.

1 comment:

holste42 said...

Lee Maye was also a known singer at the time. As a player I remember him being the first batter bert byleven ever faced in the majors (Bert was 18 at the time) and hitting a home run off of him. Bert settled down and won the game however.