Marvin Miller will become the fifth Jewish member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Modern Era committee held its voting this week and elected Miller and former Braves, Brewers and Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons. The process consisted of 16 voters, with 12 votes required in order to be enshrined.
The Modern Baseball Era is one of four Era Committees, each of which provide an avenue for Hall of Fame consideration to managers, umpires and executives, as well as players retired for more than 15 seasons.
Simmons and Miller received 13 and 12 votes, respectively. Other on the ballot were Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Lou Whitaker.
Miller will join former players Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, former Commissioner Bud Selig and early 1900s Pittsburgh Pirates team owner Barney Dreyfuss as Jewish members of the Hall.
Miller served as the head of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966 to 1988 and was instrumental in negotiating the first Collective Bargaining Agreement (1968). He also introduced the salary arbitration process and free-agency period, helping a countless number of players earn substantial raises along the way.
Miller died in 2002, but is still considered one of the most important figures in sports labor history.
Miller and Simmons, along with any electees who emerge from the 2020 Baseball Writers’ Association of America election in January, will be honored in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 26, 2020.