Four who are missing.
Whatever is left of the working baseball newspaper beat reporters who can vote on whether a retired player is a Hall of Famer is at work trying to figure out who should get the honor in January 2020. But the veteran beat reporters who have somehow survived newspaper layoffs do not vote for baseball industry builders. There are four men who should be considered builders and chances are three of them will never get a plaque while one might under the right circumstances.
There is no doubt Marvin Miller, who helped establish the Major League Baseball Players Association and changed the game, should have been enshrined as a builder although when the Baseball Hall of Fame adds a builder it’s for something owner positive. Miller negotiated players’ rights and got the players hefty salaries and a chance to shop around their services. Because of that, there has been a high resentment of Miller for decades and even though he was more important than say Alexander Cartwright, who may or may not have been responsible for the rules of baseball, Cartwright has a plaque. Miller did impact the game as did Boston Braves owner Lou Perini who took his team from a privately-owned stadium in Boston to a publicly owned facility in Milwaukee which opened the door for taxpayers’ stadiums and spurred Walter O’Malley’s move of the Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles in September 1957. In Houston, Roy Hofheinz changed the game getting a stadium with luxury boxes in 1965 and then there was Charley Finley who purchased the Kansas City A’s in 1960 and moved the team to Oakland in 1967. Finley’s move changed baseball with antitrust implications and by 1969 four teams were added to ward off loss of the exemption. Perini, Hofheinz and Finley will never be honored which is a shame, they changed the game.