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Former Pirates Catcher Killed in Farm Accident

July 1, 1996

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) _ Jerry May, a former catcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was killed when a rotary brush cutter fell on him at his Augusta County farm, authorities said.

May, 52, had jacked up the brush cutter Sunday to remove some wire that had become entangled in the blades, said Lt. J.E. Mader of the Augusta County Sheriff’s Department.

The small hydraulic jack slipped while May was working under the machine, and it fell on his neck and chest, Mader said.

The accident occurred about 1:25 p.m. Mader said a neighbor who had seen May working on the machine discovered it had collapsed when he returned about 10 minutes later.

The body was taken to Hamrick Funeral Home in Staunton. A memorial service will be held Wednesday night in Staunton Church of the Brethren.

May was with the Pirates from 1964 to 1970 and was the team’s regular catcher for the 1967 and 1968 seasons. He finished his career at Kansas City from 1971-73.

He also served on the Augusta County Board of Supervisors from 1986 to 1991.

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