This might be the most interesting article Malcolm Gladwell has ever written

on the transformation of salaries in baseball, as facilitated by Marvin Miller, one-time USW economist & later head of the baseball players’ union:

Miller’s goal was to get his ballplayers to think like steelworkers—to persuade members of the professional class to learn from members of the working class. His great insight was that if you brought trade unionism to the world of talent—to a class with great social and economic resources, whose abilities were exceptional and who couldn’t be easily replaced—you wouldn’t be measuring your success in fractions of a dollar anymore. The class struggle that characterized the conventional world of organized labor would turn into a rout. And so it did: the share of total baseball revenues paid to baseball players in salary went from ten percent in the pre-Miller years to near fifty percent by the beginning of the eighties. 

Link goes behind paywall—but well worth the newstand price of $5.99 for this article alone! http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/10/11/101011fa_fact_gladwell