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Baseball union pioneer Marvin Miller dies at 95

  • Marvin Miller, the first head of the Major League Baseball Players Association, passed away on Tuesday morning at the age of 95.

    Miller died at his New York home following a lengthy battle with liver cancer.

    Miller helped major leaguers form a union in the late 1960s and served as its leader until 1982, guiding players through three strikes and two lockouts to create what is seen today as one of the strongest unions in the United States.

    He also battled club owners to win players the right to become free agency along with vastly improved pensions, health benefits and pay.

    "All players – past, present and future – owe a debt of gratitude to Marvin, and his influence transcends baseball," current union head Michael Weiner said in a statement. "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. His legacy will live on forever."