Billy Ott

William Joseph Ott was an American professional baseball player, an outfielder whose six-season career included stints with the 1962 and 1964 Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. A switch hitter who threw right-handed, Ott stood 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighed 180 pounds in his playing days, he signed with the Cubs after graduating from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and attending St. John's University. Ott earned a late-season recall to Chicago after his best minor league campaign, when he hit 23 home runs and compiled 88 runs batted in for the 1962 San Antonio Missions of the Double-A Texas League, he appeared in 12 games and on September 17 he hit his only Major League home run, a solo shot off Ray Washburn of the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1964, he was called up from the Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees in June and was the immediate successor to Lou Brock as the Cubs' starting right fielder on June 16. Brock had been traded to the Cardinals a day earlier in what would come to be considered as one of the more one-sided transactions in MLB annals.

Ott collected one hit, a double, off left-hander Dennis Bennett of the Philadelphia Phillies on the day. He would start four more times in right field during the next week, but registered only four hits in 22 at bats during that time, he returned to the minor leagues after his final Cub appearance in mid-July. All told, Ott batted 67 times, with 11 hits. Upon leaving baseball, he became a police officer and a professional locksmith in his native New York City. Career record and playing statistics from Baseball Reference

Jeffrey Miller (shooting victim)

Jeffrey Glenn Miller was an American student at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, killed by the Ohio Army National Guard in the Kent State shootings. He had been protesting against the invasion of Cambodia and the presence of the National Guard on the Kent State campus. National Guardsmen opened fire on a group of unarmed students, killing Miller and three others, at an average distance of about 345 ft. Miller was born in New York, the son of Elaine Holstein and Bernard Miller, his family was Jewish. Four months before his death in May 1970, Miller had transferred to Kent State from Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, Miller pledged Phi Kappa Tau fraternity where his older brother, had been a member, he and his brother had always been close, shared a birthday. After his brother graduated from Michigan State, Miller found himself feeling out of touch with the dominant culture at Michigan State. During the summer of 1969, an old friend from New York who attended Kent State urged Miller to consider transferring.

He left Michigan State with 4 like-minded friends MSU students, in January of 1970, traveling together to Ann Arbor. He had protested the Vietnam War with these friends at MSU, he went on to Kent State. He adapted to Kent State and soon had many friends, including Allison Krause and Sandra Scheuer, who both died with him on May 4. Miller had taken part in the protests that day and had thrown a tear gas canister back at the Ohio National Guardsmen who had fired it; the protests against the expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia, had escalated into a protest against the presence of the Ohio National Guard on the Kent State campus. Miller was unarmed. A single bullet entered his open mouth and exited at the base of his posterior skull, killing him instantly. John Filo's Pulitzer Prize-winning photo features Mary Ann Vecchio, a 14-year-old runaway, kneeling over Miller's dead body. Three other students were shot and killed at Kent State: Allison Krause, Sandra Lee Scheuer, William Knox Schroeder.

These and other shootings led to protests and a national student strike, closing hundreds of campuses. The Kent State campus remained closed for six weeks. Five days after the shootings, 100,000 people demonstrated in Washington, D. C. against the war and the military–industrial complex and protesting the killing of unarmed student protestors by American soldiers on a college campus. Eleven days after the Kent State shootings, on May 15, 1970, 2 students were shot and killed and 12 were injured at Jackson State University by the Jackson Police and Mississippi State Police. Miller was cremated and his ashes were placed in a niche in the community mausoleum at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York. A memorial has been erected at PlainviewOld Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, the high school, built in the same town as Miller's high school in Plainview, New York. Miller's mother had been a secretary to the principal of John F. Kennedy High School in the 1960s. There is a Kent State Memorial Lecture Fund at MIT established in 1970 by one of Miller’s childhood friends.

The university has placed a memorial at the spot where Miller died. Newsday: A Long Island Student Dies at Kent State My Son Died 30 years Ago At Kent State by Elaine Holstein, Miller's mother The May 4 Shootings at Kent State University: The Search for Historical Accuracy, By Jerry M. Lewis and Thomas R. Hensley Jeffrey Miller at Find a Grave Jeffrey Miller: May 4 Archive FBI files Genealogical profile of Jeffrey Miller