1972 MLB strike
They began the season without an agreement, but the players union and owners avoided a potentially catastrophic strike by agreeing to a deal on April 13. The 86 games missed in 13 days were never played because the league refused to pay players for the time they were on strike. Because of that, teams played an uneven schedule. As it worked out, the Detroit Tigers played one more game than the Red Sox and ended up winning the AL East by a 1/2 game. In order to reach a settlement, union executive director Marvin Miller (left) argued successfully for players to be entitled to salary arbitration.