Marvin Miller fails in 6th try for Hall of Fame

Marvin Miller didn’t even come close to the Hall of Fame this

time.

After falling one vote short in the 2010 election by the Hall’s

expansion era committee, the pioneering players’ union head was at

least six votes shy this year in the first balloting following his

death.

”Over the past 50 years, no individual has come close to

matching Marvin’s impact on the sport,” new union head Tony Clark

said after Monday’s vote. ”Marvin’s legacy remains intact, and

will only grow stronger, while the credibility of the Hall of Fame

continues to suffer.”

Miller received 44 percent in 2003 and 63 percent in 2007 when

all Hall of Famers could vote on the veterans panel. After the Hall

downsized the committee, he got 3 of 12 votes in 2007, 7 of 12 in

2009 and 11 of 16 in 2010 – one fewer than the necessary 75

percent.

”In the first half of the 20th century, no single person was

more important to baseball than was Jackie Robinson. In the second

half of the 20th century, that recognition unquestionably belongs

to Marvin Miller,” said former baseball union head Donald Fehr

said, now head of the NHL players’ association. ”Marvin should

have been elected to the Hall many years ago. It is a sad and sorry

state of affairs that he has not been, and continues to reflect

poorly on the very organization that has as its purpose recognizing

and celebrating baseball’s best.”

Miller asked after the 2007 vote that he not be included on

future ballots. He died in November 2012 at age 95.

”I must respectfully decline to participate in activities of

the Baseball Hall of Fame, regardless of the outcome of its vote,”

his son Peter said in a statement ahead of this year’s balloting,

”and reiterate my father’s wishes not to be considered or

inducted. No one in the family will participate.”

The voting committee included Toronto Blue Jays President Paul

Beeston, retired club executive Andy MacPhail, Philadelphia

Phillies President Dave Montgomery, Chicago White Sox chairman

Jerry Reinsdorf and Hall of Fame player Frank Robinson, now an

executive vice president for Major League Baseball.

Hall of Famers Rod Carew, Carlton Fisk, Whitey Herzog, Tommy

Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan and Phil Niekro also were on the

panel along with Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau, Bruce

Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle, Baseball Writers’

Association of American Secretary-Treasurer Jack O’Connell and

retired Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Jim Reeves.

The Hall didn’t specify Miller’s vote total, only that he was

among those receiving six votes or fewer. Retired managers Joe

Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimous selections.

”To any marginally sentient person, Marvin Miller not being in

the so-called National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is simply

absurd,” former union chief operating officer Gene Orza said in an

email to The Associated Press. ”Miller’s absence is not the fault

of the voters. They are entitled to their opinions, however

uninformed or prejudiced they might be. It’s the Hall’s fault.

They’ve entrusted their status as a museum to people who are not

qualified to be curators of a museum – which is why the Hall’s

claim to be one is a joke.”