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.