Glenn "Razzy" "Preacher" Alan Miller (1909 - 1981)

Razzy Miller at Lenoir Rhyne
In school, Glenn Miller was nicknamed "Razzy," and in pro baseball, his teammates called him "Preacher." Born in Rockwell, North Carolina, Miller went onto play baseball, basketball, and football at  Lenoir Rhyne College. After graduation in 1930, he taught school in Landis, North Carolina and spent his summers playing ball. Miller decided to enter the ministry and graduated from Lutheran Theological Seminary in June of 1934 and served two parishes, while still playing centerfield in semi-professional baseball.
Two years later, Miller made the decision to leave the ministry and join the Kannapolis Towelers in 1936. The Towelers were part of the ICBL. Miller left teaching in during the off-season to work at Kannapolis Mills. After the ICBL folded in 1938, Miller continued to play professional ball and taught on the side. He played ball with a number of Class “D” teams, including the Concord Weavers. Eventually Miller became a principal but after being classified as "ordained minister" by the Draft Board, he left the education system and returned to the ministry and served several Lutheran churches before retiring in 1974.