Whole Different Ball Game: The Inside Story of the Baseball Revolution / Edition 1

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For more than a century the owners of baseball franchises conducted their business like feudal barons, with the players in the role of serfs. This situation began to change in 1966, when the Major League Baseball Players Association was formed and Marvin Miller, who had been chief economist and assistant to the president of the steelworkers' union, became its first executive director. Here he recounts his experience in dealing with club owners and his success in winning a new role for the players. He helped virtually end the system that bound an athlete to one team forever, and thereby raised salaries enormously. Candid in his assessments of the characters involved in this drama, Mr. Miller is nonetheless generous in his comments about the ballplayers who made sacrifices for their union.

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Editorial Reviews

The Bookwatch
Provides an 'inside' story of baseball….outlines [Miller's] influence and baseball history.
A fascinating account…very well written by the man at the center of it all…. Spiced with hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes.
Red Barber
[After Babe Ruth,] the second most influential man in the history of baseball.
Star Democrat
Baseball fans may…have more fun spending their money on this new edition of the book…
Jim Bouton
During his sixteen years in the game Marvin Miller was the true commissioner of baseball.
Reggie Jackson
Marvin Miller took on the establishment and whipped them.
New York Daily News - Bill Madden
The man did more to change the game in the last 25 years than anyone else.
Tom Seaver
There is no man in our time who has had more impact on the business of baseball than Marvin Miller.
The New York Review Of Books - Stephen Jay Gould
One of the most important [books] ever published about baseball.
Hank Aaron
Marvin Miller is as important to the history of baseball as Jackie Robinson.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635998
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 639,971
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.22 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

As executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966 to 1983, Marvin Miller revolutionized the relationship between players and owners, and forever changed the nature of the game. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

1 To baseball 3
2 Brooklyn U.S.A 11
3 Making it to the majors 19
4 Take me out to the players association 33
5 Cannon country 63
6 Bowie Kuhn was not in the best interests of baseball 85
7 Alex Johnson : the maligned angel 131
8 Card wars 142
9 The six-thousand-dollar man 153
10 Flood gate 170
11 Strike one, 1972 203
12 Catfish 224
13 Messersmith-McNally 238
14 Not a strike ... not a strike ... not a ... 254
15 Strike two, 1980-1981 286
16 Take me out of the ball game 320
17 Lockout, 1990 350
18 Owners and other bosses 363
19 White collars and black sox : Giamatti and Vincent (or, say it ain't so!) 393
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