Robert ‘Rocky’ Miller excelled in three sports while at Bartlett High School. He is considered to be one of the school’s top all-around three-sport athletes.
‘Rocky’ played football for two years, basketball for three years, and baseball for three years. He was a captain in football and baseball in his senior year.
In football he scored the first touchdown under the lights at Memorial Athletic Field. Two other memorable gridiron achievements were an 85-yard punt return against Milford and three touchdown passes in a 25-0 win over Northbridge.
In basketball, ‘Rocky’ played guard where he excelled at scoring and rebounding. A memorable achievement was when he hauled in a dozen rebounds against Tourtellotte to help break a Tourtellotte 30-game win streak.
In baseball he was an outstanding defensive outfielder and hitter. He has the distinction of hitting two home runs in one inning and also a triple in the same inning against Southbridge, thereby holding the record with 11 total bases in one inning. He hit .520 his senior year. During high school summers, he played outfield for the St. Joseph’s semi-pro baseball team.
After graduation, he had collegiate offers from UMass, Boston College, and Boston University.
‘Rocky’ was offered a bonus from the St. Louis Cardinals to play baseball, but joined the U.S. Marine Corps instead.
While in the Marines, he made the All-Marine football team and flew in a two-seat jet with Ted Williams while stationed in North Carolina.
‘Rocky’ now is retired from the Norton Company. He and his wife Theresa have two sons, Robert and David, and three daughters, Sandi, Joanne, and Maryann.