March 13, 1987 |
The Darrell Miller project continues, at least in the mind of Darrell Miller. This time last year, he was the Angels' catcher of the future, receiving a crash course in the art of receiving pitches. He was the experiment of the spring, and his every move behind the plate was studied and charted. His progress was considered special priority. Twelve months later, Miller is back. Maybe a few people have noticed.
December 8, 1991 |
Commissioner Fay Vincent's emphasis on considering minorities for managerial jobs has not led the Angels, Dodgers or Padres to hire a black manager. But all three teams have black or Latino managers in their farm systems who can be considered, however distantly, on the managerial track. Jerry Royster had to be convinced by Fred Claire, Dodger executive vice president, and Charlie Blaney, the club's director of minor league operations, that he would enjoy managing.
October 6, 1991 |
CARRIE TURNER HAD A DATE. SHE WAS GOING TO THE FLAmingo, the best nightclub that admitted black people in Memphis, Tenn., in 1955. Giddy with anticipation, Carrie primped in the glow of the neon flamingo over the club's door. She climbed rickety stairs to a ballroom that shook to the jazz of Phineas Newborn Jr. and his orchestra. Newborn's saxophonist was a tall, bespectacled young man. Utterly cool in black pants and an emerald jacket, Saul Miller blew a hot tenor sax.
January 24, 2006 |
The Assn. of Professional Ball Players of America, an 82-year-old organization that offers assistance to ballplayers of all ages, including minor leaguers, held its annual charity dinner Saturday night in Long Beach. Former Angel Darrell Miller, now the director of Major League Baseball's Urban Youth Academy, set to open Feb. 28 in Compton, was among the speakers. Miller, the older brother of Cheryl and Reggie Miller, said: "Everyone here has a love for the game of baseball.
February 24, 1986 |
Darrell Miller, the man who would be catcher, knows what knocks and bruises and assorted contusions await him as the Angels accelerate his learning program behind the plate this spring. But the scar Miller was displaying around the batting cage had nothing to do with a fouled tip or a knuckleball in the dirt. This small gash, dotting the hairline above his left eye, was a reminder of a not-so-pleasant Saturday drive two weeks ago through Flagstaff.
March 30, 1986 |
The Angels have scoured the land searching for a possible successor to Bob Boone. Just in case. They tried to trade for one, but found no Tony Penas available for less than half the franchise. They looked within their farm system, but their best prospect, 19-year-old Erik Pappas, was last seen buried in Class A with an overmatched bat. Is any heir apparent? Maybe. Last year, the Angels played him in the outfield. Meet Darrell Miller, the Angels' catcher in the raw.