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Unionization in baseball goes back almost as far as the professional game itself. Opposed to baseball’s reserve clause and a growing movement led by Albert Spalding to cap players’ salaries, John Montgomery Ward and eight other players in 1885 formed the first players union in baseball -- the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players.

That was nine years after the creation of the National League and six years before the American League came into existence. Other attempts to organize players included the creation of the Players' Protective Association in 1900, the Fraternity of Professional Baseball Players of America in 1912, and the American Baseball Guild in 1946.

Each generation of players has passed along a legacy and a responsibility to the next generation - a legacy built on equality, loyalty and fair play.