A two-time Gold Glove second baseman, Millan was a dependable cog in both Atlanta's
1969 divisional championship and the Mets' 1973 pennant. Signed out of Puerto Rico
by Kansas City in 1964, he was drafted by the Braves and took over at second base
in 1968. In 1970 he hit .310 and went 6-for-6 on July 6. Despite three All-Star berths,
he was traded after his one poor season at the plate (.257 in 1972). In one of the
Mets' best trades ever, they acquired Millan and George Stone for Gary Gentry and
Dan Frisella, sparking New York to a World Series and heralding the decline of the
Braves. Choking way up on the bat, Millan was the NL's toughest man to strike out
in 1973-75. He had a 19-game hitting streak in 1975 and set Met single-season marks
with 162 games, 676 at-bats, 191 hits, and 37 doubles.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 31, 1968: Steve Blass gets the first out against the Braves, and then moves to LF as Roy Face relieves. Face retires Felix Millan and ties Walter Johnson's major-league record of 802 pitching appearances with one club. Blass comes back to pitch and the Pirates go on to win 8–0. Blass will not get credit for the shutout but will still lead the National League in shutouts with 7. Late in the game, the Pirates announce the sale of Elroy Face to the Detroit Tigers.
»July 6, 1970: Felix Millan goes 6-for-6 with four RBI to help the Braves top the Giants 12–4.