A Look Back at the 10 Greatest Relievers in San Francisco Giants History
#8 Stu Miller (1958-1962)
Stu Miller is arguably the most fascinating relief pitcher in Giants history. For half of Millers career, he split time between the rotation and the bullpen.
In 1961 he started to exclusively pitch in relief, boasting insane numbers as a long-relief guy. In 1961 and 1962, he pitched 100-plus innings in relief.
Miller would then move on to the Orioles and the Braves, as he continued to eat up innings year-after-year.
Miller was known for his famous balk in the 1961 All-Star game. Called for a balk in the ninth inning that helped the A.L score the tying run, only to get the win the very next inning.
Stu Miller’s bullpen success would not go un-noticed. Named “Fireman of the year” twice, he was honored as the leagues top relief pitcher.
Miller is one of nine pitchers in major league history to compile both 100 wins and 150 saves in his career.
In 2015, Miller passed away suddenly at the age of 87. He was honored by the Giants, and given a plaque on the Giants Wall of Fame.
Miller’s numbers with the Giants:
Record: 47-44 ERA: 3.16 IP: 804.1
- All-Star: 1961
- Finished in Top-20 in MVP voting 4 times
- 1958 NL Pitching Title
- 1958 ERA Title