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He is the answer to one of sports’ most intriguing trivia questions: Who is the only professional athlete in history to have his birthday on the back of his uniform?
By now, many Sox fans are well aware that Carlos May, born May 17, 1948 and sported his name and the number 17 on the back of his White Sox uniform, holds the distinction.
Named The Sporting News Rookie of the Year in 1970, May was on his way to a promising major league career when he blew off his thumb while on duty in the Marine Reserves. He still had a respectable 10-year career, mostly with the Pale Hose, but I’m confident he wanted more than to be known for a piece of trivia.
The younger brother of outstanding major league hitter Lee May, Carlos finished his career with a .274 batting average, 1127 hits, 90 homers and 536 RBIs in 1165 games.