27th of November 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Marvin Miller, a union head responsible for leading baseball players in several strikes and revolutionized the world of sports passed away on Tuesday at the ripe old age of 95.
Miller passed his Manhattan home at 5:30am according to his daughter Susan Miller after battling liver cancer since being diagnosed in August.
He spent sixteen years as the executive director of the Major League Players Association. Beginning in 1966, Miller went up against owners to finally earn players the right to be free agents in December 1975. He is also known for transforming the meaning of 'strike' as we knew it.
"All players -- past, present and future -- owe a debt of gratitude to Marvin, and his influence transcends baseball," current union head Michael Weiner said. "Marvin, without question, is largely responsible for ushering in the modern era of sports, which has resulted in tremendous benefits to players, owners and fans of all sports."
The high salaries that come with a career in professional sports are thanks to the hard work of this man.
"I and the union of players have received far more support, publicity, and appreciation from countless fans, former players, writers, scholars, experts in labor management relations, than if the Hall had not embarked on its futile and fraudulent attempt to rewrite history," Miller said after missing induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame by a single vote in December 2010. "It is an amusing anomaly that the Hall of Fame has made me famous by keeping me out."
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