Hack Miller (catcher)

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Hack Miller
Born: (1913-02-13)February 13, 1913
Celeste, Texas
Died: November 21, 1966(1966-11-21) (aged 53)
Dallas, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1944, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
July 5, 1945, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
Batting average .444
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 4
Games played 7

James Eldridge "Hack" Miller (February 13, 1913 – November 21, 1966) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers in 1944 and 1945. He also played 12 seasons in minor league baseball. Miller threw and batted right-handed and was listed at 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m) tall and 215 pounds (98 kg).

Born in Celeste, Texas, Miller grew up in Abilene and attended North Texas State and Southeast Oklahoma State Teachers College before beginning his pro baseball career as an outfielder in 1935; he made the transition to catching in 1938.[1] He played in seven Major League games in his career, batting .444 with one home run and four runs batted in; the home run came in his first career at-bat on April 23, 1944 against the Cleveland Indians and lefthander Al Smith. After his playing career ended, Miller managed minor league teams in various Texas cities including Lubbock, Tyler, Wichita Falls, Abilene and Big Spring.

He was on the Tigers' roster for the 1945 World Series win over the Chicago Cubs, but did not appear in any games.

He died at age 53 in Dallas[1] and was buried at Hillcrest Cemetery in Forney, Kaufman County, Texas.

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  1. ^ a b "Obituaries". The Sporting News. 1966-10-10. p. 42. 

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