Originally posted on Hall of Very Good  |  Last updated 11/27/12

Hall of Fame broadcaster Red Barber once called Marvin Miller one of the two or three most important men in baseball history, along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson.Tuesday, Miller, who formed the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1966 and helped transform baseball passed away.  He was 95."Marvin Miller was a highly accomplished executive and a very influential figure in baseball history." commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "He made a distinct impact on this sport, which is reflected in the state of the game today, and surely the Major League players of the last half-century have greatly benefited from his contributions. On behalf of Major League Baseball and the 30 Clubs, I extend my deepest condolences to Marvin's family, friends and colleagues."And since dude helped lay the foundation for what players are being paid today, it's nice to see so many of the men that have benefited from Miller's work recognize the former union head.Hopefully the followers, both young and old, of the men listed above do themselves a favor today and educate themselves on the influence Marvin Miller had on the game we love.Despite his body of work, Miller never made it into Baseball's Hall of Fame.  That said, he was, in 2003, enshrined in the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals.You can check out an interview the Reliquary did with the former union head HERE.

This article first appeared on Hall of Very Good and was syndicated with permission.

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