EDDIE MILNER: 1955 – 2015
It’s with great sadness to report the passing of former Reds outfielder Eddie Milner.
From Reds Hall of Fame Operations Manager & Chief Curator Chris Eckes…
May 21, 1955 – November 2, 2015.
A tremendous defensive outfielder possessed of great speed, Eddie Milner was drafted by the Reds in 1976 and moved steadily through the Reds’ farm system before making his Major League debut in 1980. A native of Columbus, OH, Milner became a regular in 1982, leading the team in stolen bases with 18. Milner paced the club in steals again in 1983 with a career-high 41, a figure that ranked 6th in the National League. In the outfield, Milner was one of the league’s top defenders. From 1983 – 1986, he regularly ranked among league leaders in games played, putouts, chances, and fielding percentage. In 1983, he was arguably the league’s best defensive center fielder, pacing the NL in fielding percentage and assists. Traded to the Giants prior to the 1987 season, Milner helped San Francisco to the 1987 Western Division championship and appeared in the postseason in that year’s National League Championship Series. Milner returned to the Reds for the 1988 campaign, his last in the Major Leagues. In recent years, Milner has made multiple appearances at the Reds Hall of Fame and at Hall of Fame chapter events throughout Reds Country. In January of 2015, Eddie served as a coach at Reds Fantasy Camp in Goodyear, AZ.