On November 30, 1962 the New York Mets traded standout pitcher Bob L MIller to the Los Angeles Dodgers for first baseman Tim Harkness and infielder Larry Burright
Upon Further Review
This is one of those trades which, when it happened, you wondered why??? And, looking back, you still wonder why!
Reviewing the baseball players
Bob L Miller, born in St. Louis. Bob Miller signed with the St. Louis Cardinals for a $20,000 bonus in 1957 , he spent all of that year and next in the minors. In 1959 and 1960 he worked mainly as a starter then fashioned a 1-3 record in 5 starts and 29 relief games. Bob Miller was drafted by the expansion New York Mets in 1962 and as one newspaper wrote, "Bob L. Miller was a calming force of the new expansion team." That season he started 21 games, struck out 91 batters in 143 innings and appeared in 33 games while going 1-12, 4.89 ERA. Then was dealt to the LA Dodgers. In 1964 he led the National League with 74 appearances for Los Angeles.
Used mainly as a reliever from 1964 on to 1973 in major league career which spanned 17-seasons, Bob L Miller had a 69-81 W/L record, posted an outstanding 3.37 lifetime ERA in 694 games, 99 starts, 7 completed, yielded 1487 hits in 1551 1/3 innings, 608 walks and 895 strike outs... after retiring from active play he became a major league pitching coach and later worked in the front office for San Francisco.
Tim Harkness, born in Lachine, Quebec, Canada. A first baseman, Tim Harkness played four years in the US major leagues. His most productive years were 1962 with the Dodgers, hitting .258 in 92 games, and 1963 .211 in 123 games.
The New York Mets acquired Larry Burright in this deal because they needed a young baseball player who could play ss/2b/3b and play good solid defense. As a rookie in 1962 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Larry Burright batted .205 in 115 games mainly as a second baseman. For the Mets after this trade in played 44 games spanning the next two years, then was sent to the minors. Larry Burright was born in Roseville, Illinois.
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