One of two Bob Miller’s to pitch for the New York Mets in 1962, Bob G. Miller was often called “Lefty” to help distinguish himself from the other Bob Miller.
A former 17 year old “Bonus Baby” with the Detroit Tigers who never quite lived up to his potential, Bob G. Miller found his way to the Mets in their inaugural season when the Cincinnati Reds traded him to New York along with utility player Cliff Cook in exchange for Don Zimmer on May 6th. Miller was initially assigned to the Syracuse Chiefs, the Mets top minor league team, where he compiled a 4-1 record with a 3.60 ERA in 22 relief appearances. He was eventually promoted to the big club and made his Mets debut on July 24 against the Milwaukee Braves. He was brought in to pitch the 12th inning and promptly gave up a home run to Del Crandall, the first batter he faced, to lose the game 5-4. He remained with the Mets for the remainder of the season appearing in 17 games all out of the bullpen. He posted a 2-2 record but with a 7.08 ERA in 20 1/3 innings.
He was not retained by the Mets following the season and his stint in New York would be his last in the majors, in fact his last in professional baseball.
While with the Mets Miller wore numbers 23 and 36.
Bob Miller also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1953-1956
Cincinnati Reds – 1962