Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday along with the former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons.
After falling short in his first seven times on veterans committee ballots, Miller received the required 75 percent support from this year’s 16-man modern baseball era committee.
Miller, who died at age 95 in 2012, led the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966 to 1982, a time when players gained the right to free agency after six seasons of big-league service, to salary arbitration and to grievance arbitration. He led the union through five work stoppages and was an adviser during three more after he retired.
Simmons, an eight-time All-Star during a 21-year big-league career, was a switch-hitter who batted .285 with 248 homers and 1,389 runs batted in for St. Louis (1968-80), Milwaukee (1981-85) and Atlanta (1986-88).
They will be inducted into Cooperstown during a ceremony on July 26 along with any players chosen next month by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America from a ballot headed by the former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.