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Marvin Miller

Marvin MillerAKA Marvin Julian Miller

Born: 14-Apr-1917
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Died: 27-Nov-2012
Location of death: Manhattan, NY
Cause of death: Cancer - Liver

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Labor Leader

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: MLB Player Association, 1966-82

Marvin Miller was the longtime Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, who led a transition of baseball (and eventually other pro sports). In 1966, when he came to the MLBPA from the United Steelworkers of America, it was not uncommon for even star baseball players to have off-season jobs to help pay their mortgages and support their families. With Curt Flood, Miller unsuccessfully sought to end Major League Baseball's "Reserve Clause," which tied players to one team even after their contracts expired. The Flood case failed at the US Supreme Court in 1972, but in 1975 Miller's efforts proved successful when an arbitrator struck down the Reserve Clause. Since then, effectively unshackled from their teams, players' salaries have routinely risen to millions of dollars, in a new era of free agency, strikes, and threatened strikes.

Father: Alexander Miller (salesman)
Mother: Gertrude Wald (schoolteacher)
Wife: Theresa Morgenstern (psychologist, m. 1938, d. 2009, one son, one daughter)
Son: Peter (b. 1945)
Son: Susan (b. 1949)

    University: Miami University of Ohio (transferred)
    University: BS Economics, New York University (1938)

    Major League Baseball Players Association Exec. Dir. (1966-82)
    United Steelworkers of America Chief Economist and Negotiator
    United Steelworkers of America Research Economist
    United Auto Workers
    International Association of Machinists
    US Labor Department Conciliation Service
    War Production Board Staff Economist
    National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame 2009

    Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (25-Jul-2010) · Himself
    Baseball (18-Sep-1994) · Himself

Author of books:
A Whole Different Ball Game: The Inside Story of the Baseball Revolution (2004, memoir)

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