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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Stu Miller, a member of the Orioles HOF & of the 1966 World Series Championship team, passed away Jan. 4 at age 87 after a brief illness</p>— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) <a href="

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Stu Miller, a member of the Orioles HOF & of the 1966 World Series Championship team, passed away Jan. 4 at age 87 after a brief illness</p>— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) <a href="
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A cancer survivor – he had his bladder removed eleven years ago. RIP

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RIP. Miller was a terrific reliever for us from '63-'67. I remember Miller pitched in a 1967 no-hitter that the Orioles lost 2-1 when the Tigers scored two runs in the 9th without the benefit of a hit. It wasn't his fault. Steve Barber allowed two walks, there was a sac bunt, then a pop out. With 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Barber uncorked a wild pitch to allow the tying run to score and the winning run to move to 3B, and then there was another walk. Miller came in, runners on 1st and 3rd and two outs, and induced a grounder to Luis Aparicio at SS, but Mark Belanger, just inserted as a defensive replacement at 2B at the top of the inning, dropped the throw and the go-ahead run scored. I doubt Belanger made another game-losing error in the 9th in his entire career.

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Stu Miller:

Led the National League in E.R.A. with the Giants in 1958 (2.47.)

Led the National League in Saves in 1961 with the Giants (17.)

Led the American League in Saves in 1963 with the Orioles (27), games pitched (71), and games finished (57.)

Was a member of the 1962 National League Champion San Francisco Giants.

Was a member of the 1966 World Champion Baltimore Orioles.

Finished in the Top-20 in the M.V.P. voting 4 times (1961, 1963, 1965, and 1966.)

Won 105 games in his career, had 154 career saves, 24 complete games, and 5 shutouts.

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This is a "Catching Up" article with Miller from 5 and-a-half years ago, in July of 2009:

Catching Up With ... Former Oriole, Stu Miller

(by MIke Klingaman)

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/thetoydepartment/2009/07/catching_up_with_former_oriole_1.html

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RIP. Miller was a terrific reliever for us from '63-'67. I remember Miller pitched in a 1967 no-hitter that the Orioles lost 2-1 when the Tigers scored two runs in the 9th without the benefit of a hit. It wasn't his fault. Steve Barber allowed two walks, there was a sac bunt, then a pop out. With 2 outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Barber uncorked a wild pitch to allow the tying run to score and the winning run to move to 3B, and then there was another walk. Miller came in, runners on 1st and 3rd and two outs, and induced a grounder to Luis Aparicio at SS, but Mark Belanger, just inserted as a defensive replacement at 2B at the top of the inning, dropped the throw and the go-ahead run scored. I doubt Belanger made another game-losing error in the 9th in his entire career.

I was at that game. First time I ever cried at a baseball game. Not sure if the O's run was unearned or not, but I remember it scored when Kaline uncorked a throw way off line.

RIP Bullet. You sure were fun to watch.

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Miller was one of my favorite O's ever. He of the amazing three pitches: "Slow, slower, and slowest." First and most enjoyable Oriole relief ace I ever saw, during my first game at Memorial Stadium. R.I.P., Stu--the image of you pitching has always remained clear and wondrous in my mind.

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RIP Stu. Remembering your time with the O's makes me smile a lot.

I grew up in Chicago and Aparicio was my hero. When he got traded to the O's in 63 I became an O's fan and still am one. When it got dark on clear nights, I could pick up the O's radio broadcast. It was usually late innings and Miller would often come in to pitch. I loved it when the Os were traveling. He would throw his first pitch and in the background you could hear the fans groaning. They couldn't believe anyone would pitch that slow and not get clobbered. On his second pitch, usually the even slower one, the groans would grow louder. By his third pitch even slower still, the groans of the fans would be drowning out the announcer. Despite the incredibly slow pitches, he was great. A real shut down reliever. He did a great job in the 66 season. Thank you Stu for the wonderful memories.

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RIP Stu. Remembering your time with the O's makes me smile a lot.

I grew up in Chicago and Aparicio was my hero. When he got traded to the O's in 63 I became an O's fan and still am one. When it got dark on clear nights, I could pick up the O's radio broadcast. It was usually late innings and Miller would often come in to pitch. I loved it when the Os were traveling. He would throw his first pitch and in the background you could hear the fans groaning. They couldn't believe anyone would pitch that slow and not get clobbered. On his second pitch, usually the even slower one, the groans would grow louder. By his third pitch even slower still, the groans of the fans would be drowning out the announcer. Despite the incredibly slow pitches, he was great. A real shut down reliever. He did a great job in the 66 season. Thank you Stu for the wonderful memories.

I loved that '66 bullpen: Stu, Eddie Watt, Moe Drabowsky, Dick Hall. What a weird bunch!

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