Marvin Miller and the Birth of the MLBPA

By Michael Haupert

This article was published in the Spring 2017 Baseball Research Journal.

Journalist Studs Terkel called Marvin Miller “the most effective union organizer since John L. Lewis,” longtime president of the United Mine Workers and founder of the CIO. The 2016 season marked fifty years since Marvin Miller’s arrival on the baseball scene, and this is the story of how it happened. “The unionization of professional athletes has been the most important labor relations development in professional sports since their inception.”1 Journalist Studs Terkel called Marvin Miller “the most . . .

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