(NEW YORK) — Former executive director of the MLB Players Association Marvin Miller died on Tuesday after being diagnosed with liver cancer in August. He was 95.
Miller transformed the world of baseball and led players in a series of strikes that finally won free agency. His tenure in baseball started on April 15, 1966 and ended in 1982.
“All players — past, present and future — owe a debt of gratitude to Marvin, and his influence transcends baseball,” current union head Michael Weiner said.
Team’s salary increased by nearly 500 percent under Miller’s leadership, but the Hall of Fame has found a way to keep him out.
“You cannot write the history of baseball without Marvin Miller being right in the middle of it,” ESPN MLB insider Tim Kurkjian said on ESPN Tuesday. “To me the Hall of Fame is a museum which chronicles the history of the game and you can’t chronicle the history of baseball without Marvin Miller.”
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Jill Martin, CNN