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Guy Milliman

 

Date and Place of Birth: 1890 Troy, NY
Date and Place of Death:    October 8, 1918 Naval Training Camp, Pelham Bay Park, NY
Baseball Experience: Minor League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Seaman First Class
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States

The epidemic of influenza claimed another prominent athlete . . . Guy R. Milliman.
Oswego Daily Palladium October 12, 1918.

Guy R. Milliman was born in 1890 in Troy, New York. He began his professional baseball career in 1912, pitching for Reading in the outlaw United States League. When the league collapsed in June he signed with the York White Roses of the Class B TriState League and was 10-4 in 19 appearances. In 1913, his best season in the minors, Milliman was 17-13 with the White Roses and earned a trial with the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. Milliman spent most of the 1914 season with York and the Lancaster Red Roses in the TriState League, finishing the year with the pennant-winning New London Planters of the Class B Eastern Association. He was pitching for the Binghamton Bingoes of the Class B New York State League at the start of 1915 and ended the season with the pennant-winning Olean White Sox of the InterState League. His last season in organized baseball was 1917, playing with the Chambersburg Maroons of the Class D Blue Ridge League. Milliman then became manager of the semi-pro All-Troy team; a position he sustained until enlisting in the Navy in June 1918.

The 28-year-old was not called for service until September of that year, and the week before leaving he married Miss Carrie Vitalis. Seaman First Class Milliman was stationed at the Naval Training Camp at Pelham Bay Park, New York with 11th Company, Isolation Regiment, pitching his team to the battalion trophy.

On October 8, 1918, Milliman was sent to the base hospital with bronchial pneumonia. He died the following day, October 9, 1918.

Guy Milliman was a friend and rival of local baseball player Jack Inglis, who had died of influenza three days earlier.

Sources

Albany Evening Journal, May 31, 1917
Binghamton Press, September 9, 1915
Elmira Morning Telegram, July 4, 1915
Oswego Daily Palladium, October 12, 1918
Utica Herald-Dispatch, October 12, 1918

Date Added: June 9, 2012

 

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