Marvin Miller, the legendary former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, has passed away at the age of 95, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun:
Marvin Miller is dead at age 95. One of baseball's biggest injustices is that he didn't go into the HOF while alive. Incredibly influential— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) November 27, 2012
Miller led the MLBPA from 1966-82, transforming it from a union that had almost no power against the owners into what you see today. His work for the players helped give them fair pay based on revenues they were generating for the sport.
If you want a history lesson on just how important Miller was to the sport of Major League Baseball, all you have to do is read his biography at MLBPlayers.com.
Miller was the man who helped to negotiate the first collective bargaining agreement between the players and Major League Baseball in 1968. He helped get the arbitration system put in place, which led to the creation of free agency.
Over the last decade, there has been a huge groundswell of support for Miller getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He has never gotten the necessary support from the voters, falling well short of inclusion each time he has been nominated.
In 2003, under the rules of the Veterans Committee, which permitted living Hall of Famers to vote in players and executives worthy of inclusion, Miller garnered just 35 of 79 votes. In 2007, he had 51 votes, but not nearly enough for the necessary 75 percent to get in.
The players understand how important Miller was to the sport of baseball, so much so that some of them helped create a website just to thank him for all he did.
Miller may have passed away not going into the Hall of Fame, but everyone knows that what he did made him a Hall of Famer.