A Unique Honor for a Unique Player: Louisville Bats to Retire Corky Miller’s Jersey

For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Louisville Bats will retire a player’s jersey.

The honor goes to catcher Corky Miller, who has spent most of his professional career with the Bats and has become a popular figure in Louisville over the past decade.    

“I’ve been here for so long, a lot of these, I guess, young adults were kids when they would come to the games and see me play. Being here for over 10-11 years, it gets easy for them to remember me,” Miller said in an interview with WFPL last year.

Sunday night is “Corky Miller Night” at Louisville Slugger Field.   Miller’s number 8 jersey will be retired in a pregame ceremony.

Miller said he began playing baseball at an early age, but didn’t set out to become a catcher.

“My dad was our coach, he put me back there most of the games. I tried to get out of it when I was in high school, but the coach said, ‘hey, don’t you catch?’ I said ‘yeah,’ and pretty much caught every game there,” he said.

Miller, 38, hasn’t played since May, and has been on the disabled list with a back injury.

Since then he’s been working as a roving instructor for minor league teams in the Cincinnati Reds system. Louisville is the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate.

Miller has said he’s interested in coaching and has been praised for his work with young pitchers.

Rick Howlett

Rick Howlett is WFPL's Broadcast Managing Editor and also produces feature and general assignment radio stories.