Lowell “Otto” Miller
Born: June 1, 1889 - Minden, NE
Died: March 29, 1962 - Brooklyn, NY
Career BA: .245
Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers/Robins NL (June 1, 1889 - March 29, 1962)
Otto “Moonie” Miller was a so-so catcher who played his entire career with Brooklyn of the National League. Over the 13 years that Miller played, his team changed names three times, going from the Superbas to the Dodgers, and then renaming themselves the Robins after manager Will Robinson. They later settled on the Dodgers, but that was several years after Miller had retired from the team.
Nicknamed for his round face, “Moonie” came up to the Superbas after two seasons in the minors. Known mostly for his defensive play, Miller had a career .973 fielding percentage, which was not bad. From an offensive standpoint, Miller’s best year was 1920 when he batted .289 with 301 at-bats. That year his defensive stats as catcher led the National League in putouts with 418, range factor with 5.43, and fielding percentage with .986. Miller had the opportunity to play on two Brooklyn pennant-winning teams in 1916 and 1920, and actually played a role in an historical baseball event. In the fifth inning of Game 5 of the 1920 World Series, he was part of the only unassisted triple play in World Series history. Clarence Mitchell was at the plate and hit a line drive to Cleveland’s second baseman Bill Wambsganss who stepped on second to retire Pete Kilduff and tagged out poor Miller who was barreling in from first.
Like many other players of that era, Miller went back to the minors after his Major League playing days were over. He eventually managed the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association and later the Kingsport Indians of the Appalachian League. Miller then returned to the Dodgers as coach and also did a bit of coaching for the Red Sox.
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