Darrell Miller spent most of his professional baseball career in the minor leagues but did play in parts of five seasons at the Major League level from 1984-88, all as a member of the California Angels. Listed as a catcher/outfielder, Miller showed his versatility by playing in 97 career games behind the plate, 95 in the outfield, 16 at first base, eight as a designated hitter and one at third base. In all, he played in 224 career Major League games, batting .241 with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 35 RBIs in 394 at-bats.
After being selected by California in the ninth round (223rd overall) of the 1979 Major League draft, Miller made his big league debut on Aug. 14, 1984 at the age of 26. In 1986, the Angels won 92 games under manager Gene Mauch and advanced to the American League Championship Series, losing to the Boston Red Sox.
Today, Miller serves as the director of Major League Baseball’s first Urban Youth Academy, which opened on Feb. 28, 2006 on the campus of Compton (Calif.) Community College. The $10 million facility, which is owned and operated by Major League Baseball, provides free instruction in both baseball and softball to Southern California youth between the ages of 8-17 and features a 10-acre complex operated year-round by Miller. The academy has state-of-the-art facilities, including a show field complete with a scoreboard, a grandstand that seats nearly 200 fans, dugouts and lights; an auxiliary field; a softball field; a youth field; and a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse consisting of a weight room, locker room and other training facilities. It is establishing itself as a training ground for future baseball and softball players and those who may seek a career in other areas that support the game. The academy’s mission is to break down barriers facing youth interested in baseball and sports-related professions and provide them, at no cost, with support and expert instruction in their areas of interest.
Before being drafted, Miller played three seasons at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a member of one of the most successful sports families in history. His brother, former Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, was a standout player in the NBA and his sister Cheryl Miller was a part of the 1984 United States Olympic gold medal-winning women’s basketball team and regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time. Cheryl is a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Fame inductee and Reggie is a future member of the Hall of Fame.
Miller was raised Baptist but as an adult converted to the Catholic faith after studying the history of the church and the writings of the Early Church Fathers on the Eucharist and Papal authority. He has been a featured speaker around the world at Catholic conferences and adult retreats. Miller was also invited to the Vatican
to participate in the first-ever Council on Church and Sports. He has been married to his wife Kelly for 18 years and they have three children: Darrell Jr., Nicole and Cameron.
Kelly and Darrell also led a very successful young adult ministry for 14 years at St Angela Merici in Brea, California.