the other day i documented the many stops in tommy davis's career through the use of his baseball cards. night owl suggested a similar post for former dodger pitcher bob miller. i shall comply, even though i don't own many of his non-dodger cards.
like davis, who played for 10 different franchises between 1959 and 1976, miller pitched for 10 different teams between 1957 and 1974. his run included two stops in san diego, and two in new york with the mets. he was 18 when he broke in with his hometown cardinals in 1957, and he stayed with them through 1961. miller received his first topps card in 1960
he was actually one of two bob miller's to pitch for the mets in 1962, and they apparently roomed together on the road (the other one was a lefty). with the lowly expansion mets (that's two uniforms), this bob miller was 1-12 with a save in 33 games, 21 of which were starts. he was 0-12 until his final start of the season, which came in game 160, as he threw a complete game in the mets' 2-1 victory over the cubs. miller's fortune was about to change, however, as he was traded to the dodgers about two months later.
even though he did not pitch in the world series in 1963, miller went from the worst team in the major leagues to the world champions. not a bad move. he stayed with the dodgers (that's three uniforms) through the 1967 season (here's his 1966 topps card)
after the 1967 season in which he started four of the 52 games in which he pitched, miller was traded to the twins in the john roseboro deal. he and his windswept hair appeared on topps cards in 1968 and 1969 as a twin (topps used the same photo, just cropped differently)
miller pitched in two more games for the cubs (with no decisions) before he was released by the team in may of 1971. he was immediately picked up by the padres (that's eight uniforms) and he pitched well for them. he was 7-3 in 38 games with 7 saves and an era of 1.41. the padres weren't going anywhere, so they flipped miller to the pirates three months after signing him. miller continued pitching well for pittsburgh (that's nine different unis) down the stretch, going 1-2 with 3 saves and a 1.29 era, and helped pittsburgh win the 1971 world series. here's miller as a pirate in the 1972 topps set
miller was quickly claimed by the tigers, thus assuring that we would once again be denied a card of miller in those crazy yellow padre uniforms. miller was 4-2 with a save in 22 games for detroit (that's ten uniforms!), but there is no card for miller as a tiger, either, because he had his contract purchased by the mets in september of 1973. he pitched one inning in one game (he didn't figure in the decision) for the mets that year, but that was enough for topps to conjure up this classicly airbrushed card in 1974
miller stuck with the mets for just about the entire 1974 campaign (he was 2-2 with 2 saves in 58 games), but topps failed to include him in their 1975 set because he was released on the next to last day of the season. so, no card of miller in an actual mets uniform, and no final tribute either. i should note that he returned to the padres organization in 1975, but did not advance above aaa.
a couple of years later, miller showed up 'wearing' an 11th franchise's duds, however, as he was featured in the 1977 topps set as the first ever pitching coach for the toronto blue jays.
so, that's how bob miller rolled. i guess mike morgan is next.