Baseball players and owners reached a tentative agreement on a five-year contract over the weekend, the first time the sides have achieved labor peace before their current deal expires. A look back at past labor troubles and deals:

1968 – Baseball’s first labor contract agreed to on Feb. 28, a two-season deal.

1970 – Sides reach preliminary agreement on three-year contract on May 23.

1972 – Players strike April 1 over pension plan, reach agreement on April 13.

1973 – Owners lock out players during spring training on Feb. 14, and sides reach tentative agreement Feb. 25 on a three-year contract establishing salary arbitration. There are 86 games canceled.

1976 – Owners lock out players during spring training from March 1-17, and sides reach tentative agreement on July 12 on four-year contract establishing free agency.

1980 – Players strike final eight days of spring training, and the sides reach preliminary four-year agreement on May 23, allowing the issue of free agency to be reopened the following season.

1981 – Players strike June 12, and sides reach agreement July 31 on contract through 1984. There are 712 games canceled.

1985 – Players strike Aug. 6, and sides reach agreement late on Aug. 7 on contract through 1989.

1990 – Owners lock out players during spring training on Feb. 15, and sides reach agreement March 18 on contract through 1993.

1994 – Players strike Aug. 12 until owners accept their April 2, 1995, unconditional offer to return to work, made March 31 after a U.S. District judge issued an injunction restoring terms and conditions of the expired agreement. The sides agree on March 14, 1997, to a contract through the 2000 season with a union option to extend it through 2001.

2002 – Hours before players were set to strike on Aug. 30, the sides agree to a contract through Dec. 19, 2006.

2006 – The sides reach tentative agreement Oct. 21, subject to drafting of a memorandum of understanding, on five-year contract through 2011 season.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.