Miller pitched in 86 big league games, going 6-8 with a 4.72 ERA for three different teams between 1953 and 1962. He was signed as a “bonus baby” by the Detroit Tigers which meant he immediately joined the big-league club as a 17-year old in 1953. He appeared in 13 games that year, getting his first win, but sporting an ugly 5.94 ERA. He was back with Detroit in 1954 and had his best season. He pitched in 32 games that year, picking up another win to go with a fantastic 2.45 ERA. After spending the mandatory two years on the big-league roster, Miller bounced back and forth between the minors and the Tigers over the next two seasons. He spent 1957 in the military, then pitched in the minor leagues for the next four years. He resurfaced in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds in 1962, pitching in six games before being traded to the New York Mets for Don Zimmer. Miller pitched in 17 games for the Mets, winning two, in what would be the end of his professional baseball career.
Miller squared off with Satchel Paige on September 22, 1953 at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. He had recently turned 18 while Paige’s listed age was 47. The timeless Paige got the best of Miller, who lasted just 4 and 2/3 innings, while giving up five runs (four earned) and taking the loss. Paige went seven innings and allowed four hits and three runs to get the win.
Bob Miller – career stats