Monday, October 21, 2013

PURSUE THE PENNANTS: #45 ROY McMILLAN


SURE-HANDED IN THE FIELD.




EMPTY-HANDED IN THE BATTER'S BOX.


WHO'S THE HERO?

  • Roy McMillan made his bones in the field, winning the Gold Glove at shortstop the first three years the award was given from 1957-'59. He was a typical light-hitting middle infielder and served two stints as interim manager, first with the Brewers in '72 and then with the Mets in '75, replacing #470 Yogi Berra

WHY IT'S SLICK

  • McMillan rocks the eyeware courtesy of the Kenneth Cole Nerd Guy Collection.

GROOVY BITS

  • Sixth in the MVP voting in '56, when he posted a 4.2 WAR that was based more on his glove than bat. He hit .263 with three homers and 62 RBI during the first of two consecutive All-Star seasons with the Reds.
  • The following year, he was part of the ambitious Reds fans' ballot-stuffing campaign: He was one of seven -- #559 Ed Bailey, Johnny Temple, Don Hoak, Gus Bell, Wally Post and  #120 Frank Robinson -- to be voted as starters before the league stepped in and removed Post and Bell. Willie Mays and Hank Aaron started. Good call.
  •  At the time he retired after the '66 season, McMillan was one of only five players to have played 2,000-plus games at short.

BACK IN '65 ...

  • Counter-culture activity skateboarding hits the big time on May 22-23 in Anaheim, Calif., when the first National Skateboard Championships is held and broadcast on ABC's Wide World of Sports. It's all downhill afterward as safety groups begin railing on the dangers and it loses popularity until the '70s and the invention of the urethane wheel.



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