Marvin Miller, the labor economist who spent 17 years as head of the MLBPA, died on Tuesday at the age of 95. Miller was first elected as executive director of the MLBPA in 1966 and negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement with the owners in 1968. The earning power of the players quickly went up and, under Miller’s leadership, the reserve clause was done away with and free agency and salary arbitration went into effect among other milestones.
Much of the player-movement landscape that we see today was influenced by Miller’s tenure as the head of the players’ union and other major sports saw changes as well. It was a long, hard road as we look back on several strikes and lockouts but the players whom Miller served have surely benefitted dramatically.
More to come on Marvin Miller. In the meantime, read Jeff Passan’s post on Yahoo! Sports.