Recently, TGR caught up with former Jewish MLBer Norm Miller. Miller played mainly for the Astros and finished his career in 1974 with the Atlanta Braves. He played with Hank Aaron and was there when he hit the home run to break Babe Ruth’s record (you might recognize Ruth from our homepage…the guy with the Tallis). Miller was nice enough to grant us an interview. It is below:
Biggest highlight no doubt was 1st time up in big leagues, hometown against the Dodgers and got a base hit. Every day living the dream was a highlight. Playing with Hank Aaron was special. Being a ballplayer was the best.
Bob Gibson was the best pitcher I faced by far. Koufax was the best around but I never went up there against him. Facing Gibson simply stated was over powering. Painless and quick.
Steroid era is a shame. I blame both the players and management. Bonds, McGwire I have no respect for as people. Rodriquez doesn’t bother me. Records should not be acknowledged.
Since retiring in 74 I enjoyed a wonderful business career in marketing and advertising. I also did Radio and TV work and just enjoyed being. I’ve been married now for 42 years and have two daughters and two grand daughters. I’m retired and writing. Just finished a Television pilot idea and a screenplay, my 2nd.
My book is about my career. What it took, what I did and how much I loved it. Lot’s of stories all real. Well received.
Young athletes need to get real. Most are told they’re great and really not. The percentage that make it is so small. But you don’t see the effort you should. I’ve coached kids for years and the decline in the passion and commitment is noticeable.
Only know Greenberg from stats and reputation. Give me Koufax…unhittable.
You can learn more about Norm Miller by visiting his website www.normwho.com. Also, check out his book
And let us say…Amen.
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