COLONEL BUSTER MILLS ,a former professional baseball
player from Arlington, 83, died on Dec. 1, 1991 at
his home, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery at Waco,
Mr. Mills was born in Ranger, TX on Sept. 16, 1908.
He attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1926.
He played football for the University of Oklahoma &
kicked the winning field goal in the East and West
Shrine Game in 1930. He had a chance to play pro
football but opted for baseball.
He played in the major leagues from 1934-42 with the
St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Red Sox,
St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees & Cleveland Indians.
He is in the Texas Hall of Fame and his name is in
Coopers Town. After his major league career ended,
he was a coach for the Boston Red Sox and scouted for
Kansas City and the Yankees before retiring 18 years ago.
"Buster had a good knowledge of the game and was a
good scout and an excellent coach," said Sid Hudson a
former pitcher for Washington and later for Boston
when Mills was the coach.
He lived in Ranger until 12 years ago, moving to Waco
for a short time and then to Arlington. He was a member
of First Methodist Church of Ranger, on the board of
directors of Ranger Savings & Loan, a member of Masonic
Lodge in Ranger, and a member of the American Legion.
Survivors at the time of his death include his wife,
Madge Mills of Arlington; and a sister, Myrtle Mills
Watson (RHS-1931) of Grants Pass, OR.