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Dave May and Mike Hershberger, former Brewers players, pass away

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    New Castle native and William Penn High graduate Dave May, who played 12 seasons of Major League Baseball, died Saturday.

    May, who was living in Bear, was 68 and had diabetes and cancer.
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    When David Schultz moved to Massillon some 30 years ago, he didn’t have to be introduced to Mike Hershberger to know who he was.

    As one of a handful of Massillon products who went on to experience success as a Major League Baseball player — a group that included Tommy Heinrich and Joe Sparma — Hershberger’s reputation preceded him.

    “I certainly knew who he was,” said Schultz, a former publisher of The Independent who now serves as a trustee at the Massillon Museum. “Being a baseball fan, the first names that clicked when I moved to Massillon were Tommy Heinrich and Mike Hershberger.

    “Eleven years in the big leagues, that’s a significant career. That’s a major leaguer.”

    Indeed it is. Turns out Hershberger didn’t just enjoy a major league career, but also a major league life.

    That life came to end when Hershberger, 72, died Sunday evening following a brief illness.
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    Coming on here late, I remember the announcement of May's passing last fall. He was one of the stars of the Brewers in their early years, as he started mostly in centerfield...played a little in right, and DH'ed. He had a great season in 1973, when he hit over .300 with 25 homers and 93 RBI, and made the All-Star team. He was traded to Atlanta after the 1974 season for Milwaukee hero Hank Aaron. May returned to the Brewers when they started contending during the 1978 season.


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