Northampton’s Stu Miller to be inducted to Western Mass. Baseball Hall of Fame this month

  • Northampton’s Stu Miller, shown here in a 1952 photo as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, will be elected into the Western Mass. Baseball Hall of Fame later this month. AP FILE

Staff Intern
Published: 3/1/2021 5:47:45 PM

Stu Miller is headed to the Western Mass. Baseball Hall of Fame.

The former major leaguer from Northampton is set to join the Class of 2021, as the Eighth Annual Hall of Fame Ceremony, presented by Westfield Bank, will honor Miller and the rest of the class through a virtual video on March 25 at 7 p.m. The ceremony’s viewing will be free to all fans on the Valley Blue Sox Facebook page, or by visiting the Valley Blue Sox’s website (

Miller passed away in 2015 at his home in Cameron Park, California at the age of 86, following a brief illness.

Miller was just 20 years old when he began his career in 1948. The St. Louis Cardinals scouted him at an open tryout at Kearney Field in Northampton.

Interestingly enough, Miller was one of the few players who signed as a free agent, after returning from service in the U.S. Navy. However, he was the only one to reach the major leagues, making his debut in 1952.

Due to his enlistment into the Navy, Miller never graduated from Northampton High School. He hadn’t even played for the varsity baseball team, and his practice stemmed from various city leagues.

After playing for the Cardinals for five years, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1956. During that season, he was traded again to the New York Giants, who now reside in San Francisco.

Miller became an All-Star as he pitched for the San Francisco Giants in 1961. Five years later, he helped the Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He ultimately retired from baseball in 1968 after posting 105 career wins and a 3.24 ERA.

Despite living out the rest of his years in California, Miller has continued to inspire his hometown. The city’s Parks & Recreation Commission had decided to dedicate the Veterans’ Baseball Field in Northampton to Miller in 2015.

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