#7 Francis 'Stubby' Miller
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5'10" 162 lbs Guard/Forward
HS: Bergen Bergen, NY
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS FG FGA % FT FTA % Fls DQ Pts PPG
1944-45 Fr F +14 +11    
    156 0.0
1947-48 So G/F 21 0 20  
    57 2.5
1948-49 Jr G 23 6 26  
    76 3.3
1949-50 Sr G 26 1 22 86 25.6% 29 35 82.9% 36   73 2.8

Francis 'Stubby' Miller was a guard for four seasons for Syracuse basketball spanning World War II. Miller was an extremely fast player with smart moves and sharp passing. He was an outstanding athlete also lettering twice in baseball (1948 and 1949).

Francis Miller Syracuse OrangemenMiller led the Orangemen in scoring his freshman season with 156 points. The team struggled that season as several potential players were still in military service. Miller himself would leave school at the end of the 1945 school year to serve in the U.S. Navy as a Pharmacist 3rd Class.

Miller would be a top reserve his sophomore and junior seasons. He started his sophomore season with a charley horse and then had an ankle injury, both which hampered his early season play. He would be the captain of the team his senior season, and again a top reserve. Coach Lew Andreas would refer to Miller as 'the best captain we've ever had'.[1]

Miller would graduate from Syracuse in 1950. He would spend sixteen years in sales and marketing for Curtice Brothers Company in Rochester NY. He would then spend some time working for the Greece Athena High School in various capacities including athletic director, physical education teacher, curriculum coordinator, varsity basketball coach, and softball coach.

In 2001 he won the New York State Senior Golf Championship for the 70+ age group. Miller was named a Syracuse University Letterwinner of Distinction in 2003.

[Statistics available for 4 games in 1944-1945 indicated by the +]

[1] Syracuse Post Standard, April 5, 1950.

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