Former Giants pitcher Stu Miller, known for wind-aided All-Star balk, dies at age 87


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SAN FRANCISCO — Stu Miller, the former Giants pitcher who committed perhaps the most famous balk in All-Star game history, has died. He was 87.

The Giants said Miller died at his home in Cameron Park on Sunday after a brief illness.

Miller played 16 years in the majors for the the Giants, Cardinals, Phillies, Orioles and Braves. He led the league in ERA once, saves twice and won a World Series title with Baltimore in 1966.

But he is most remembered for his All-Star game performance at windy Candlestick Park in 1961.

Miller was called for a balk in the ninth inning which helped the AL score the tying run. Miller got the win in extra innings but the headlines the next day proclaimed "Miller Blown off Mound." He long proclaimed the legend to be overblown.

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