Special thanks to Prof. Ross Davies, George Mason University School of Law, for allowing the symposium access to his comprehensive timeline article on the Major League Baseball Player’s Association. Link to the Social Science Research Network and download the full article and time line below:
“Along Comes the Players Association: The Roots and Rise of Organized Labor In Major League Baseball,” by Ross Davies, George Mason University School of Law, NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 2013, pp. 321-349. George Mason University Law and Economics Research Paper Series, No. 13-10.
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.