Edward Robert Miller (November 26, 1916 – July 31, 1997) was a shortstop who played for 14 seasons in the National League between 1936 and 1950. He was a talented fielder and a perennial All-Star during the 1940’s.
Here are some key things to know about Miller:
- Born in Pittsburgh on November 26, 1916, Miller made his Major League debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1936 as a 19-year-old.
- He played in 41 games over 2 seasons with the Reds before being traded to the New York Yankees in 1938 in exchange for Willard Hershberger. Miller never played for the Yankees at the major league level.
- Miller was traded to the Boston Bees less than a year later.
- Miller became the starting shortstop while in Boston, and established himself as one of the National League’s best shortstops during his four seasons there.
- His first season with Boston was shortened when he fractured his ankle in a collision with Al Simmons. He recovered in 1940 to a career-best .276 for the Bees while leading all NL shortstops in fielding percentage and appearing in the MLB All-Star Game.
- His batting average fell over the next two seasons with Boston, he led all shortstops in fielding percentage both years.
- Miller was an All-Star in 1941 and was named as a starter in the All-Star Game in 1942.
- After the 1942 season, he was traded back to the Reds in exchange for Eddie Joost and Nate Andrews.