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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Jim May

   (Born March 22, 1953): If you don't have a goaltender, it's difficult to prevent the other team from scoring in soccer. Maybe that's why when the Buffalo Stallions got ready to start their operations in
1979, they made Jim May the first person on their roster.

   May is one of the best soccer players ever produced in Western New York. He went to college at Cobleskill and Brockport, and eventually made Brockport's Hall of Fame. That led the Rochester Lancers of the North American Soccer League to sign him. He even got to face shots from the legendary Pele there.

   From there it was on to Cleveland in the indoor game, and he jumped to the Stallions. He spent the next six seasons with the team. The team hoped he'd sell the sport to the masses of Western New York, and he did that.

   May retired and moved into private business, but he couldn't resist it when indoor soccer called again in 1992. He joined the Buffalo Blizzard of the NPSL as the team's vice president and general manager in 1992.

   May stayed in that job through 1999, and even filled in as an interim coach at times.

   The goalie remains involved in the game through ownership of SportsPlex in North Tonawanda, and is in the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.