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Marvin Miller

A recognition long overdue for one of the game’s good stewards

The Baseball Lifer

A recognition long overdue for
one of the game’s good stewards

Legendary comedian Groucho Marx once famously quipped, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.”

Perhaps the most reluctant inductee among the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 333 members, Marvin Miller, former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (1966-1983), gained election to the Hall posthumously.

Miller, who died in 2012 at the age of 95, previously expressed his disdain for the process in a letter to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America after being rejected on a Veterans Committee ballot for the third time, in May of 2008:

“Paradoxically, I’m writing to thank you and your associates for your part in nominating me for Hall of Fame consideration, and, at the same time, to ask that you not do this again,” Miller wrote, adding: “The anti-union bias of the powers who control the Hall has consistently prevented recognition of the historic significance of the changes to baseball brought about by collective bargaining.

Miller changed baseball in ways that improve players’ lives
Former MLBPA President Marvin Miller enjoys a game in this undated photo. (Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery)

Miller changed baseball in ways that improve players’ lives

By CHARLIE VASCELLARO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Marvin Miller, the first director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, was elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Era Committee, along with catcher Ted Simmons in December 2019.

The cancellation of the Hall’s 2020 Induction ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic postponed their inductions, along with Baseball Writers’ Association of America selections Derek Jeter and Larry Walker, all four of whom will be enshrined when the ceremony returns to the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in the town of Middlefield at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Miller who passed away Nov. 27, 2012, gained induction to the Hall posthumously on the eighth occasion his name appeared on a Veterans/Era Committee Ballot and will occupy a unique corner of the Hall as the first labor leader to be enshrined.

Elected as the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1966, Miller succeeded former president Bob Feller (1956-1959) and player agent Frank Scott (1959-1966) in the first year the organization was recognized as a union.

Loosened COVID rules allows Hall to open induction to more fans

Loosened COVID rules allows
Hall to open induction to more fans

COOPERSTOWN — Following last week’s announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that lifted significant COVID-19 restrictions, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced Monday, June 21, that tickets will not be needed for free lawn seating for the Wednesday, Sept. 8, induction ceremony.

The ceremony was rescheduled from its traditional last Sunday in July to an event at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center in the town of Middlefield.

The event will celebrate the inductions of Class of 2020 members Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker and will be broadcast live exclusively on MLB Network.

Since 1992, the event has been held on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center, with estimated crowds approaching and surpassing 50,000 at five of the last six ceremonies, from 2014 to 2019. The second-largest crowd on record – an estimated 55,000 people – attended the Hall of Fame’s last induction, July 21, 2019.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Voices Of The Game On 2020 Hall of Fame Inductee Marvin Miller 07-23-20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 23

Voices Of The Game Features

HoF Inductee Marvin Miller

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BASEBALL – Noon. Virtual Voices of the Game to present Hall of Famer Dave Winfield reflecting on Marvin Miller, 2020 inductee to Baseball Hall of Fame, and his impact on labor and baseball. Visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-legends-of-the-game-Marvin-Miller?date=0 for details.

Marvin Miller, Union Leader, To Enter HoF

1ST ENTRIES IN CLASS OF 2020

Marvin Miller,

Union Leader,

To Enter HoF

Ted Simmons is flanked by Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark and Hall President Tim Mead at yesterday’s announcement.
Marvin Miller in his heyday.

COOPERSTOWN – Marvin Miller, who as leader of the MLB Players Association established free agency, turning players into tycoons, will enter the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2020.  He will be inducted posthumously Sunday, July 26.

He was elected yesterday by the Modern Era Committee, along with Ted Simmons, 70, an eight-time All-Star catcher who played 13 seasons with St. Louis.

The Baseball Writers of America’s picks, expected to include Yankee Derek Jeter, will be announced in  mid-January.

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