(Eds: Sports Columnist Jim Litke is on vacation. This is a replacement column. With AP Photos.) By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer There are times when baseball is so grand, so worthy of awe.
Then there are times when it is so small, so petty.
Like the way it treated the legacy of Marvin Miller.
He died Tuesday at the age of 95, having lived not only a long life, but one filled with great purpose and accomplishment. He should be remembered as one of the three most influential figures in baseball history.
Yet Miller is not in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.
Why? Because the union chief was too good at his job, and at least some of the men who run the sport still resent the way he dragged them into a truly modern era, kickin' and screamin' all the way.
''RIP Marvin Miller,'' tweeted former Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy, a two-time National League MVP in the 1980s. ''Never did thank him personally for what he did for me and the Murphy fam...