Joe Miller (millejo01)
Joseph Wick Miller
- Bats Unknown, Throws Unknown
- Height 5' 10½", Weight 169 lb.
- Debut June 26, 1872
- Final Game July 28, 1875
- Born July 24, 1850 in Germany
- Died August 28, 1891 in White Bear Lake, MN USA
" . . . ranked as one of the best second basemen . . . " - from the New York Clipper, when Joe Miller died in 1891
Joe Miller was previously thought to be the only German-born player in the National Association (source: The American Game: Baseball and Ethnicity). He was in one game in 1872 and 28 more in 1875. He was also the manager of the Washington Nationals for all 11 of their games in 1872.
The book When Johnny Came Sliding Home does not list a Joe Miller on its rosters of amateur teams from 1866-1870 but a number of times it does list "Miller" with no first name, so it is possible that Joe was active at that time.
White Bear Lake, MN is a few miles northeast of Minneapolis-St. Paul.