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Dixon in Lee County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Ward T. Miller

 
 
Ward T. Miller Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2016
1. Ward T. Miller Marker
Inscription.  
[front side]
Born in Mt. Carroll, IL on July 5, 1884. Ward (Windy) moved to Dixon at the age of 16 to work at the Brown Shoe Factory. Successful seasons playing for the Dixon Browns baseball team led to opportunities to play minor league baseball for multiple teams and major league baseball in three different leagues. He made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 14, 1909. In 1912 and 1913 he played for the Chicago Cubs in the outfield behind the legendary double play combination of Tinker, Evers, and Chance. After his baseball career ended, he returned to Dixon and served terms as Lee County Sheriff and Lee County Treasurer. Ward Miller died in Dixon, IL on September 3, 1958.
Donated in 2011 by
Mark Stach, David J. Stalker and Archie Monuments

[back side]
1909 Pittsburgh Pirates NL,
Cincinnati Reds NL
1910 Cincinnati Reds NL
1912 Chicago Cubs NL
1913 Chicago Cubs NL
1914 St. Louis Terriers FL
1915 St. Louis Terriers FL
1916 St. Louis Browns AL
1917 St. Louis Browns AL
 
Erected
Ward T. Miller Marker (<i>back side</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2016
2. Ward T. Miller Marker (back side)
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2011 by Mark Stach, David J. Stalker, and Archie Monuments.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is July 5, 1884.
 
Location. 41° 50.545′ N, 89° 28.871′ W. Marker is in Dixon, Illinois, in Lee County. Marker can be reached from South Ottawa Avenue south of East 2nd Street (Illinois Route 2), on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on the old Lee County Courthouse grounds, near the northeast corner of the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 298 South Ottawa Avenue, Dixon IL 61021, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln Supports Fremont for President (a few steps from this marker); Our Fathers — Veterans of 1861-1865 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wings of Peace and Freedom (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Berlin Wall Replica (about 300 feet away); Dixon Public Library (about 700 feet away); First Christian Church (about 700 feet away); Dixon Historic Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dixon.
 
Also see . . .  Ward Taylor Miller (Wikipedia). In 769 games over eight seasons, Miller posted a .278 batting average (623-for-2244) with 322 runs, 8 home runs, 225 RBI, 128 stolen bases and 318 bases on balls.
Ward T. Miller Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 25, 2016
3. Ward T. Miller Marker
(old Lee County Courthouse in background)
Defensively, he recorded a .957 fielding percentage playing at all three outfield positions. (Submitted on April 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 14, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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