Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Former Baseball Union Leader Dies at 95

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Former Baseball Union Leader Dies at 95

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NEW YORK -- Marvin Miller, the union leader who created free agency for baseball players and revolutionized professional sports with multimillion dollar contracts, died today. He was 95.

Miller died at his home in Manhattan at 5:30 a.m., said his daughter Susan Miller. He had been diagnosed with liver cancer in August.

In his 16 years as executive director of the Major League Players Association, starting in 1966, Miller fought owners on many fronts, winning free agency for the players in December 1975.

Miller, who retired and became a consultant to the union in '82, led the first walkout in the game's history 10 years earlier. On April 5, 1972, signs posted at major league parks simply said "No Game Today." The strike, which lasted 13 days, was to be followed by a walkout during spring training in '76 and a midseason job action that darkened the stadiums for seven weeks in '81.

NCAA: Tulane to join Big East

A person familiar with the decision tells the Associated Press that Tulane University is joining the Big East as a full member in 2014, and East Carolina will be joining as a football-only member.

New Orleans-based Tulane called a news conference for this afternoon on campus but didn't reveal the reason.

Tulane and East Carolina currently play in Conference USA. They will become the fifth and sixth C-USA schools to join the rebuilding Big East in the past two years.

NFL: Titans fire offensive coordinator

The Tennessee Titans fired offensive coordinator Chris Palmer following a 4-7 start during which the team ranked 24th among the National Football League's 32 teams in yards gained.

Palmer, a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and assistant for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, was replaced by Titans quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains.

"As an offense I didn't feel like we were progressing the way that I had hoped," head coach Mike Munchak said in a statement.

Pats DE suspended

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots defensive end Jermaine Cunningham has been suspended by the NFL for four games without pay for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances. …

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