Marvin Miller was once again passed over for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Even with a bunch of players who made millions of dollars thanks to his efforts strengthening the players’ union and destroying the reserve clause on the Committee, he still couldn’t get enough votes.
The committee consisted of 16 Hall of Famers, major league executives, journalists and baseball historians.
Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLBPA, and Donald Fehr, who succeeded Miller as MLBPA leader, blasted the committee vote in separate statements.
Clark: “Words cannot adequately describe the level of disappointment and disbelief I felt when learning that once again the Hall of Fame has chosen to ignore Marvin Miller and his unparalleled contributions to the growth and prosperity of Major League Baseball. Over the past fifty years, no individual has come close to matching Marvin’s impact on the sport. … Despite the election results, Marvin’s legacy remains intact, and will only grow stronger, while the credibility of the Hall of Fame continues to suffer.”
Fehr: “In the first half of the 20th Century, no single person was more important to Baseball than was Jackie Robinson. In the second half of the 20th Century, that recognition unquestionably belongs to Marvin Miller. … Marvin should have been elected to the Hall many years ago. It is a sad and sorry state of affairs that he has not been, and continues to reflect poorly on the very organization that has as its purpose recognizing and celebrating Baseball’s best.”
Apparently there were enough small-minded bitter baseball executives who still remember having their hats handed to them by Miller in multiple negotiations to keep him out.
It’s a travesty. The Baseball Hall of Fame should be ashamed of itself. So should the players, journalists, execs and “historians” on that committee.