Sunday, July 22, 2012

1977 Topps Baseball #257 - Mike Miley

  • Mike Miley died in a car accident on 6 January 1977. 
  • Miley was a backup quarterback to Bert Jones at Louisiana State University before he became a starter in 1973. LSU went 9-2 on the season and Mike played in the Orange Bowl in 1974 (LSU lost to Penn State 16-9)
  • Miley was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1971 but he didn't sign. In 1974 Miley was drafted by the California Angels and decided to play baseball instead of football.
  • Mike played in AA in 1974 and batted .288 with 13 home runs in 84 games.
  • Miley started the 1975 season with AAA Salt Lake City and batted .209 in 81 games. 
  • Mike made his major league debut on July 6, 1975 and was the starting shortstop for the Angels for the rest of the season. Miley batted only .174 in 78 games so in 1976 he went back to Salt Lake City.
  • In 1976 Miley spent most of the season in Salt Lake City. Mike improved his offense, batting .274 in 119 games.
  • Mike came back to the Angels as a September call-up and batted .184 in 14 games.
  • Other card blogs: 1976

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