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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsLee MayeArthur Lee MayeBorn: Dec. 11, 1934 in Tuscaloosa,Ala.Died: July 17, 2002  in Riverside, Calif.Debut: 1959 | Pos:OFHt: 6’2″ | Wt: 190 | B:L | T: RYrsGABHitsHRRBISBAvg131288404811099441959.274>> Visit theLee Maye biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Lee Maye had a dual career– one as an outfielder who spent 13 years in the majors and one as a singer.Maye died on July 17, 2002, 43 years to the day after he made his majorleague debut. Lee was born in Alabama in1934, but his family moved to Los Angeles when he was a young age. Hisbaseball career began in 1954 with the Milwaukee Braves system. Ironically,his musical career also began that season.In 1959, he made his debutwith the Braves, appearing in 51 games and hitting .300 with 4 HRs and16 RBI. In an interview published online, Maye described his experiencesin the majors as, “The greatest thrill is not getting to the major leagues,it’s staying there. I played 13 seasons when they had only 16 teams andI think that was a great accomplishment for me.”He led the league in doublesin 1964 with 44. That season was one of his most productive — 10 home runs,74 RBI and a .304 average. The following season he was traded to Houston.For much of his career, he found himself in platoon situations in the outfield.He was the leading man forthe musical group, Arthur Lee Maye and the Crowns. He also sang occasionallywith The Platters. His musical career worked around his baseball career– Maye would hold his recording sessions in baseball’s off-season.  Sources: AstrosdailyInterview with Maye, Baseball Encyclopedia