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Marvin miller

  1. 1. Marvin Miller baseball revolutionary
  2. 2. Marvin Miller never had a major league at-bat.
  3. 3. Marvin Miller never wore an NFL uniform.
  4. 4. Marvin Miller never took a shot in an NBA game.
  5. 5. Marvin Miller never took the ice in the NHL.
  6. 6. But when Sports Illustrated picked the 40 most influential people in sports from 1954 to 1994...
  7. 7. Marvin Miller made the list, a list that also included Aaron, Ali, Orr, Namath, Rose, and Navratilova.
  8. 8. In fact, today’s professional athletes probably owe more to Marvin Miller than to anyone who’s played a professional game.
  9. 9. So, Marvin Miller
  10. 10. According to SI’s Joe Posnanski (and a lot of other sports people), he’s the most deserving individual not yet elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame.
  11. 11. WHY?
  12. 12. As Posnanski wrote: “Nobody in the last 50 years virtually no rights for 100 has had a bigger impact than years and, within 10 years, Miller, who as baseball’s establish a system under labor leader helped organize which players could receive the players, eliminate the fair market value.’” reserve clause, create free agency and, in the words of longtime labor lawyer Steve Fehr, ‘lead a group that had
  13. 13. And there’s more... “Years ago the announcer farm system and signed Red Barber said that Miller Robinson), you would have -- along with Babe Ruth and baseball’s Mount Rushmore. Jackie Robinson -- was one It's a great image. Leaving of the three most important Miller out of the Baseball figures in baseball history. Hall of Fame is like leaving James says that if you add Lincoln out of the baseball executive Branch Presidents Hall of Fame.” Rickey (who invented the
  14. 14. Get the picture?
  15. 15. As executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, Miller negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement in the history of professional sports (1968).
  16. 16. Miller supported the case of Curt Flood, who sued Major League Baseball for free agent status. Flood lost his suit but set the stage for future victories.
  17. 17. Miller established arbitration as a vehicle for players to argue for higher salaries. By 1973, average salaries reached $36,500, twice as high as salaries when Miller took the job in 1966.
  18. 18. In 1974, Jim “Catfish” Hunter, one the game’s premier pitchers, earned $100,000. When A’s owner Charlie Finley failed to meet the terms of Hunter’s contract, Miller brought Hunter to arbitration and won his free agency. Hunter signed with the Yankees— for $3.75 million!
  19. 19. Miller’s real coup came a year later. The reserve clause allowed owners to enforce a contract for an additional year even if a player did not sign a new contract. Owners assumed they could repeat the process year after year after year. Miller convinced two players to play out a year without signing a new contract... and then he sued for free agency.
  20. 20. Andy Messersmith was one of those players. He won his case, gained free agency, and signed a three- year $1 million deal with the Atlanta Braves. The reserve clause was finally dead!
  21. 21. Since 1976, salaries in professional sports have skyrocketed. Athletes have many people to thank.
  22. 22. Marvin Miller is first among them.
  23. 23. And he belongs in the Hall of Fame.