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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Bob Miller, Phillies ‘Whiz Kid’, longtime Detroit Mercy baseball coach, dies at 94

Bob Miller, one of the former Philadelphia Phillies’ “Whiz Kids” who went on to be the longtime head coach of Detroit Mercy baseball, died on Saturday at the age of 94.

Miller coached the Titans from 1965-2001, leading to 25 winning seasons in 36 years, a 1965 NCAA tournament appearance and winning the first-ever Mid-Continent Conference title in 1997.

The three-sport star at Redford St. Mary’s was offered a basketball scholarship at University of Detroit, but was instead drafted into the Army in 1944. He joined Detroit’s baseball team in 1947, when he was discovered by a Phillies scout.

He went on to pitch 10 seasons in the majors and was second in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1950. That year, he — along with former Michigan State star Robin Roberts — lifted Philadelphia to the World Series against the New York Yankees. Miller started Game 4 against another rookie, Whitey For

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2020 at 10:32 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bachslunch Posted: November 30, 2020 at 08:44 AM (#5991564)
According to BBRef, there were four pro baseball players named Bob Miller, all pitchers. One played briefly in the late 19th century. The other three either were (or eventually ended up as) relievers. Their careers overlapped, but there was never a season when they played in the majors together. Two of them were teammates during the New York Mets first season. One of the Mets players had a really odd career trajectory, pitching four seasons for the Tigers between the ages of 17 and 20 (the last two also partly in the minors), then finishing up with the Reds and Mets in 1962 at age 26 (had military service at age 21 and stayed in the minors afterwards). The other Mets Bob Miller had a long, productive career as a reliever. This particular Bob Miller was easily the most successful as a starter.

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