Marvin Miller was not only one of the most important figures in baseball history, but also one of the most important figures in American labor history.
Think about it:
Has there ever been a union, anywhere on the planet, as financially successful as the Major League Baseball Players Association?
The answer is no. And Miller, who died on Tuesday at the age of 95, is the man most responsible for that success, the man who formed the union and led it from 1966 to '83.
The players had virtually no rights before their first collective-bargaining agreement in '68. Salary arbitration, free agency, a minimum salary that increased from $6,000 to $10,000 in the first CBA and today is nearly $500,000 -- all of those were Miller's babies.
It goes without saying that Miller should be in the Hall of Fame -- his impact on the sport rivaled that of Babe Ruth and even Jackie Robinson. The Veterans Committee, in various forms, never elected Miller. The oversight eventually figures to be corrected...