Dots Miller

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Dots Miller
First baseman / Second baseman
Born: (1886-09-09)September 9, 1886
Kearny, New Jersey
Died: September 5, 1923(1923-09-05) (aged 36)
Saranac Lake, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1909, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 27, 1921, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Batting average.263
Home runs32
Runs batted in714
Stolen bases177
Career highlights and awards

John Barney "Dots" Miller (September 9, 1886 – September 5, 1923) was an American professional baseball first baseman and second baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1909 through 1921 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies.


Miller started his major league career with the Pirates. In his rookie season, he drove in 87 runs and helped Pittsburgh win the National League pennant and their first World Series title. Miller was the regular second baseman from 1909 to 1911 but then moved over to first base.

Reportedly, he got the nickname "Dots" after someone asked Miller's thick-accented teammate Honus Wagner where they could find John Miller. Wagner pointed to Miller and replied, "Dots (That's) Miller."[citation needed]

In 1913, Miller was traded to the Cardinals, where he continued his good hitting and fielding for the next few years.

In 1918 Miller's career was interrupted while he served in World War I.[1]

Miller became manager of a Pacific Coast League team, the San Francisco Seals, in 1922. He led the club to the pennant in his first year.[2] The next season, he fell ill with tuberculosis and died on September 5.[3]


Miller was also noted as a soccer player.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. Sterling Publishing. 2007. p. 742. ISBN 1-4027-4771-3.
  2. ^ "The Ballplayers – Dots Miller" Archived December 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2010-10-26.
  3. ^ "Dots Miller's Obit". Accessed 2010-10-26.
  4. ^ May 22, 1909 Sporting Life

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