Former players urge Miller be put in Hall of Fame

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“We could have searched 100 years and wouldn’t have found a more perfect person for our situation,” said Morgan, a Hall of Fame second baseman who played in the majors from 1963-84.

Donald Fehr, who served as Miller’s general counsel from 1977-82 and then headed the union from 1983-09, said he could read Miller’s mood by what drink he ordered at lunch: a Tom Collins signaled a happy mood, a martini meant he was perplexed and Old Grand-Dad Bourbon was a sign of problems.

“The reason I think he is remembered as he is, is that the baseball players’ association became a symbol, it became a symbol of what a union could be if it was run right,” said Fehr, current head of the NHL players’ union.

Martinez talked about a telephone call he received from former Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley during the 1985 labor negotiations.

“You tell Marvin to stick by his guns,” Martinez recalled Finley saying. “You guys are doing the right thing.”

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