Miller goes from black diamond to baseball diamond

Updated: July 11, 2006, 11:47 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Downhill skier Bode Miller, who won two silver medals at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 but was shut out in a disappointing showing in the Torino Games this year, has signed a one-game contract to play for the Nashua (N.H.) Pride of the independent CanAm League.

Miller, a native of Franconia, N.H., will play July 29 for the Pride in a home game against the Brockton (Mass.) Rox. The team did not say what position Miller would play.

"I have just started my foundation over the last several months, and to be able to play professional baseball and have my foundation in some small way help the Lance Armstrong Foundation in its fight against cancer, it's going to be an awesome day," Miller said in a statement released by the Pride.

The team said it will donate at least $5,000 from ticket sales for the game to Miller's Turtle Ridge Foundation, which will give the money to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Miller, a former high school state tennis champ and an avid soccer player and golfer, won golds in the downhill and super G events in last year's World Championships.

"It's not every day that you get to see a world-class athlete such as Bode Miller cross over and try their hand at the great American pastime," Pride manager Butch Hobson said. "I'm thrilled with the level of excitement and energy that Bode will undoubtedly bring to the ballfield."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.