william 'doc' mcmillen
Born in Madison County, Ohio in 1890, "Doc" MacMillen picked up his nickname early in life while working for a veterinarian. He drove his first race in 1920 at Jamestown, Ohio and continued to be active in the sport until his death at the age of 94 in 1984. During his long career MacMillen was associated with many noted horses and received many awards. He drove Well Worthy when that trotter became the first to crack the 2:05 mark on a half mile oval. In 1929 he trained and drove the world champion Peter Cowl 2:02. Heading his many honors was an Award of Merit presented to him in 1975 by the Grand Circuit in recognition of his fifty years as a driver. Many horsemen credit their knowledge of the sport's fundamentals to the teachings of Doc McMillen.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals