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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:47 AM

Former baseball union head Miller dead at 95

Source: Yahoo Sports

NEW YORK (AP) -- Marvin Miller, the soft-spoken union head who led baseball players in a series of strikes and legal battles that won free agency, revolutionized sports and turned athletes into multimillionaires, died Tuesday. He was 95.

Miller died at his home in Manhattan at 5:30 a.m., said his daughter Susan Miller. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer in August.
In his 16 years as executive director of the Major League Players Association, starting in 1966, Miller fought owners on many fronts, winning free agency for players in December 1975. He may best be remembered, however, as the man who made the word ''strike'' stand for something other than a pitched ball.

''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.''

Miller, who retired and became a consultant to the union in 1982, led the first walkout in the game's history 10 years earlier. On April 5, 1972, signs posted at major league parks simply said: ''No Game Today.'' The strike, which lasted 13 days, was followed by a walkout during spring training in 1976 and a midseason job action that darkened the stadiums for seven weeks in 1981.

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blueclown Nov 2012 OP
muriel_volestrangler Nov 2012 #1
NoGOPZone Nov 2012 #2
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #5
BeyondGeography Nov 2012 #3
olddad56 Nov 2012 #4
Blue_Tires Nov 2012 #6
amuse bouche Nov 2012 #7

Response to blueclown (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:57 AM

1. Kick (nt)

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Response to blueclown (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 12:31 PM

2. Unfortunate news, and the Hall of Fame continues to snub him nt

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Response to NoGOPZone (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:45 PM

5. yeah, just a bunch of political bullshit

they just didn't want him to get in while still alive...

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Response to blueclown (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 02:26 PM

3. The owners feared and hated him

That was always good enough for me.

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Response to blueclown (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 02:42 PM

4. with all due respect to Mr. Miller, I think Curt Flood is the real hero of free agency.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:45 PM

6. +1

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Response to blueclown (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 03:49 PM

7. Keith Olbermann wrote

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