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

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

30 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2013 Last revised: 4 Jul 2013

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Date Written: February 5, 2013

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2212321

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