I bring unfortunate news of the passing of Marvin Miller at the age of 95 from cancer. Marvin was the first director MLB Players Association, and effectively helped usher in the free agency era. Under Mr. Miller MLB players saw their salaries jump from a paltry $6,000 a year (about $38,ooo in current dollars) to $10,000 a year. Some would say that this was the beginning of the boom in salaries, but Marvin played a big role in shaping the professional sport landscape that exists today.
I began class today with a discussion of Marvin Miller and his importance to sport as we know it today. It was unfortunate that his passing was the first that many had heard of Mr. Miller, but they quick appreciated the importance he had for baseball and all professional sports.