Gerrit Smith Miller a Pioneer in Baseball, Football and Farming
A dominant pitcher, who also had success in football and made historic strides in farming? Hard to imagine – but Gerrit Smith Miller accomplished all of it, and three trophy baseballs commemorating his success as a pitcher are preserved in the Hall of Fame’s collection.
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Once again, Miller’s dominance was a highlight in the game.
“G.S. Miller, captain of the Peterboro nine, [has] the reputation of being the best base ball player in this part of the country,” the Cazenovia Republican wrote.
Following the death of his grandmother, Miller returned home to Peterboro permanently to attend to the family’s estate. When he returned, he began playing baseball for the Ontarios of Oswego, and he also found success in yet another area: farming.
Miller became invested in raising cattle and was determined to find ways to increase milk production. He is now credited with raising the first registered herd of Holstein cattle in the United States, known as the Kriemhild herd. Miller is recognized for achieving modern milk production volume from grass-grazed cows.
Miller passed away in 1937 at 91 years old.
Janey Murray is the digital content specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum