Marvin Miller, 1917-2012

“Marvin Miller, the baseball players ‘Moses’ who freed them from the shackles of servitude and won them previously-unimaginable gains in salary, working conditions and licensing and pension benefits through hard-nosed collective bargaining, died early Tuesday in Manhattan after a year-long battle with cancer. He was 95. As the first executive director of the Players Association, from 1966-84, Miller retired undefeated in his many battles with the baseball owners who had been accustomed to running the game under their own terms for more than a century. Their one consoling ‘victory’ over him was denying him his rightful place in the Hall of Fame as one of the most impactful figures in the game’s history.