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Major League Baseball Players Association

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The Major League Baseball Players Association is the collective bargaining representative for all current Major League Baseball players. It was formed in 1965 when the players hired Marvin Miller, an economist with the United Steelworkers of America, to help the players create a labor union.


In 1968, the MLBPA negotiated the first-ever collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in professional sports, increasing the minimum salary in baseball from $6,000 to $10,000. In 1970, the organization negotiated the right to arbitration to resolve grievances.


In 1972, Curt Flood’s sued Major League Baseball to eliminate the reserve claus, which bound a player to one club for life, or until that club decided to get rid of the player. Flood lost his case in the U.S. Supreme Court.


In 1975 Andy Messersmith and Dave McNally again challenged the reserve clause. This time, an independent arbitrator heard the case. In December 1975, players won the right to free agency.


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