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Along Comes the Players Association: The Roots and Rise of Labor Unionism in Major League Baseball


Ross E. Davies


George Mason University School of Law; The Green Bag

February 5, 2013

NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 2013, pp. 321-349
George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-10

Abstract:     
On April 24, 2012, Marvin Miller delivered a speech at New York University in which he reflected at length on the history of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and his role in the development of the labor union he led from 1966 to 1983. This article is an introduction in two parts to that speech and the panel discussion that followed it. Part I is a chronology of highlights of labor-management relations in major league baseball. Part II draws an inference or two about the MLBPA from events on that timeline. It is not the entire story of organized labor in major-league baseball, or even of Miller and the union he led. But it is enough, I hope, to put his recollections and the subsequent discussion in mature perspective.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: American League, Brad Snyder, Charles Korr, commissioner, Donald Fehr, Edward D. White, Federal, Flood v. Kuhn, Harry Blackmun, history, John Montgomery Ward, Lee Lowenfish, Lieb, Michael Weiner, National, Potter Stewart, Presidency, President, reserve clause, sports, Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor

JEL Classification: J21, J44, J45, J23, J53, J54, K12, K21, K23, J61, K31, K40, L44

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Date posted: February 6, 2013 ; Last revised: July 4, 2013

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Davies, Ross E., Along Comes the Players Association: The Roots and Rise of Labor Unionism in Major League Baseball (February 5, 2013). NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 2013, pp. 321-349; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 13-10. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2212321

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