Glancing Back, and Remembering Roy McMillan
For nearly the entire 1950s, Roy McMillan was the everyday shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds, and one of the best-fielding shortstops in all of organized baseball during his prime.
McMillan was signed by the Reds in 1947 and made his way to the big league roster in 1951, hitting .211 in 81 games that season. He hit .244 as the Reds’ starting shortstop in 1952, and held that position in the Reds’ infield through the 1960 season.
Shortstop Roy McMillan was an All-Star in 1956 and 1957. He won three consecutive Gold Gloves in the 1950s.
McMillan was named to the National League All-Star team in 1956, when he hit .263 for the season with a career-high 62 RBIs. He followed up with another All-Star season in 1957, batting .272 with 25 doubles and 55 RBIs. He also won the first of three consecutive Gold Gloves in 1957.
In 10 seasons with the Reds, McMillan hit a combined .243. Following the 1960 season, the Reds traded the 30-year-old shortstop to the Milwaukee Braves for pitchers Joey Jay and Juan Pizarro. In three-plus seasons with the Braves, McMillan batted .237.
After 10 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Roy McMillan spent the 1960s playing first for the Milwaukee Braves and then the New York Mets.
In May of 1964, the Braves dealt McMillan to the New York Mets for pitcher Jay Hook. He batted .242 for the Mets in 1965 with 19 doubles and 42 RBIs as the team’s starting shortstop. He lasted one more season with the Mets, batting .214 in 1966, and retired after the end of the season.
In 16 years in the major leagues, McMillan batted .243 with 1,639 hits.