Newark native Derrick May was a three-sport star at Newark High School in the mid-1980s, and on May 15 he will join his father Dave as a member of the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.
Of course, he is best remembered for his baseball abilities. A fearsome hitter, he was drafted in the first round, ninth overall, by the Chicago Cubs in 1986. Embarking on an 18-year professional career, including 10 years in the majors, he was an all-star in both the Carolina League and the Southern League. May reached the Major Leagues in 1990 and was a starter for the Cubs from 1992-94. In 1993 he hit .295 with 10 home runs, 25 doubles, 77 runs batted, 62 runs scored and 10 stolen bases in 128 games. That year, he was named the state Athlete of the Year by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association.
His big-league odyssey included significant time in Milwaukee and Houston, along with stops in Philadelphia, Montreal and Baltimore. In his career, May played in 797 games, hitting .271 with 52 homers and 310 RBI. He finished with an on-base percentage of .319 and a slugging percentage of .398.
He also played three seasons in Japan (2001-03), belting 59 home runs with 234 RBI. He is currently the hitting coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals.
May also starred in football at Newark, helping the Yellow Jackets win state championships in 1984 and ’85 as a first-team all-state selection at offensive end. Before deciding to play pro baseball, May had accepted a scholarship to play football and baseball at Virginia Tech.