Marvin Miller, speaking in 1972. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images
Last night, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that groundbreaking union leader Marvin Miller and former catcher Ted Simmons were voted into Cooperstown by the 16-person Modern Era Committee.
The big picture: Miller was head of the MLBPA from 1966 to 1982, leading the union through five work stoppages, overseeing the birth of free agency and bringing team owners to the table to hammer out professional sports' first collective bargaining agreement.
- Simmons was an eight-time All-Star (six with the Cardinals, two with the Brewers) and hit .300 or higher seven times. Among players who were primarily catchers, his RBIs (1,389) are second only to Yogi Berra and his hits (2,471) are second only to Ivan Rodriguez.