Miljus, a Pirate reliever who served honorably in WWI, is one of those unfortunates
whose career compresses to a single play: the Game Four ninth-inning wild pitch that
escaped Johnny Gooch and allowed the Yankees to sweep the 1927 World Series.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 8, 1927:
Down 3-0, the Pirates give the ball to their
biggest winner, Carmen Hill (22-11). In the 5th, Ruth's
2nd HR of the Series scores Earle Combs ahead of him
for a 3-1 lead. The Pirates tie it in the 7th.
In the last of the 9th, Combs walks, Mark Koenig beats
out a bunt, and Ruth walks to fill the bases.
Reliever Johnny Miljus strikes out Lou Gehrig and
Bob Meusel. With 2 strikes on Tony Lazzeri, a wild
pitch rolls far enough away for Combs to score the
winning run. The Bronx Bombers are World Champions
in 4 straight. Ruth's .400 is good for 7 RBI; Lloyd
Waner's .400 tops the Bucs.