Marvin Miller fails in 6th try for Hall of Fame

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm •  Published: December 9, 2013

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — 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."

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