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Godfather of baseball free agency Miller dies at 95
New York Post ^ | November 27, 2012 | DAVID K. LI

Posted on 11/27/2012 7:51:23 AM PST by ConservativeStatement

Marvin Miller, the most influential labor leader in sports history who ushered free agency into baseball, has passed away at the age of 95.

The Major League Baseball Players Association this morning confirmed Miller's death.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: baseball; labor; marvinmiller; miller; unions

1 posted on 11/27/2012 7:51:27 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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Curt Flood ?

2 posted on 11/27/2012 8:12:14 AM PST by skinndogNN
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He was part of a huge trade with the Phillies for Dick Allen. Talk about controversial athletes.
3 posted on 11/27/2012 8:17:30 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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From the New York Daily News:

Under Miller's leadership as their union chief, the average players' salary went from $10,000 in 1967 to $329,000 by 1984 while the minimum salary increased from $6,000 to $40,000...

[A] group of major league players, Jim Bunning, Robin Roberts and Harvey Kuenn, approached him in early 1966 about becoming executive director of their newly-formed players union. At the time, they told him, as an appeasement to the vast majority of conservative players, they were prepared to offer the job of general counsel of the union to former vice president Richard Nixon – a dealbreaker for Miller, an avowed liberal Democrat, who informed them he could not work with Nixon...

[A] few days later, Roberts called him back and urged him to re-consider taking the executive director's job - with the agreement that he could name his own general counsel...

4 posted on 11/27/2012 10:21:38 AM PST by EveningStar
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5 posted on 11/27/2012 10:24:16 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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Of all the union actions over the years in the United States, Miller’s might have been the only valid action, as it gave baseball players the freedom to market their skills to other team owners and set them free of the collusion inherit in MLB’s Anti Trust Exemption.

6 posted on 11/27/2012 10:57:22 AM PST by OKRA2012
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It is ironic that as a liberal Democrat Marvin Miller fought to implement the ultimate free market system within his industry. The MLBPA just wanted to freely participate in the free market, it was the owners who wanted a socialist based model. The players had the distiction of not only being employees but were more importantly the product. They only wanted the freedom to negotiate individually their terms of employment. And to think that a liberal was the one who fought to bring this about.

7 posted on 11/27/2012 11:40:12 AM PST by gusty
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Well said.

There is a huge difference between a union of 70,000 non skilled or semi skilled people who artificially drive up wages for jobs that can be easily outsourced to 98,000,000 in India, unemployed desperate people with 2 limbs or homeless people in Camden versus....

Professional baseball. These are the 750 best on the planet Earth. You can’t find guys who can play that well on any street corner.

8 posted on 11/28/2012 10:22:28 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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