NEW YORK -- Marvin Miller, 95, the founding executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, passed away at his home early this morning, it was announced today by the MLBPA.
Miller served as executive director from 1966-82. During his tenure and through the collective bargaining process, Miller led players to unprecedented levels of improved pension and health benefits and compensation, while also providing players a greater voice in the rules and regulations of the game. It is often said that Miller helped form and create one of the strongest unions in American labor history.
"It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of Marvin Miller," said Michael Weiner, current MLBPA executive director. "All players -- past, present and future -- owe a debt of gratitude to Marvin, and his influence transcends baseball. Marvin, without question, is largely responsible for ushering in the modern era of sports, which has resulted in tremendous benefits to players, owners and fans of all sports.
"It was an honor and a privilege to have known Marvin. The industry has never witnessed a more honorable man, and his passion for helping others and his principled resolve serve as the foundation of the MLBPA to this day. On behalf of all Major Leaguers and MLBPA staff, I extend my heartfelt sympathies to Marvin's daughter Susan, son Peter, their families and Marvin's many friends and admirers. Marvin was a champion among champions, and his legacy will live on forever."
"Marvin possessed a combination of integrity, intelligence, eloquence, courage and grace that is simply unmatched in my experience," said Don Fehr, former MLBPA executive director, who worked under Miller as general counsel from 1977-82. "Without question, Marvin had more positive influence on Major League Baseball than any other person in the last half of the 20th century. It was a rare privilege for me to be able to work for him and with him. All of us who knew him will miss him enormously."