Tuesday, November 27, 2012

10 things school children should know about the late Marvin Miller

1. In 1966, when he formed the MLB Players' union, the average salary was a stinking $19,000.

2. Over the last 20 years, he was  consistently screwed out of being elected to the Hall of Fame by rigged committees of bitter owners and toadie sportswriters.

3. Joe Morgan once said, of Miller's exclusion from the Hall: "They should vote him in and then apologize for making him wait."

4. Before taking over the Players Union, he worked with the Machinists, the UAW and the Steelworkers.

5. In his first bargaining agreement in 1968, he increased the MLB minimum salary from a pitiful $6,000 to $10,000.

6. That was the first minimum salary increase in two decades.

7. He seized on the fact that Charlie Finley had welched on Catfish Hunter's contract, freeing him to sign with the Yankees.

8. He recognized that too many free agents at once would drive down the value of players; thus, he set up a system where only a few would hit free agency each year.

9. At the end, Miller grew fed up with the votes for Cooperstown. He said, "At the age of 91, I can do without farce."

10. He led his union through three strikes and two lockouts. The final record: 5-0.


Tom from GA said...

Vote union! Always and forever. The people who object to unions are either owners or fools. Marvin Miller could have and would have served society beyond baseball if so many people were not deceived into thinking and voting against their best economic interests.

p.s. One of the ads on your site is interfering with the text of the Miller post.

SanJoseKid said...

All History is Class Struggle.

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a real American hero

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Marvin Miller never carried a handbag. He was a tough, smart and actually very fair guy. He said the owners would never stop trying to roll back everything he and the union accomplished, tiny bit by tiny bit. A great, great figure in baseball history.

Which is why Bowie Kuhn is in the Hall and Miller is not. The pissy little owners have made sure of that.

Side note: my God, Joe Morgan said something that makes a lot of sense. Wtf?