August 12 - 1994 - Major League Baseball Players Go on Strike

The team owners of Major League Baseball  and the Major League Baseball Players Association had been at odds for years by the early 1990s. The owners had even colluded to depress salaries in the late 1980s, and they wanted to get rid of Commissioner Fay Vincent. Once they did that in 1992, they named Milwaukee Brewers owner Bud Selig as "Acting Commisioner," and the owners presented a plan to the Players' Association arguing for revenue sharing among teams and a salary cap for each team. This was rejected outright by the players repeatedly, who saw a salary cap as a way to limit player salaries. By July, with neither side budging, the players agreed they would go on strike on August 12, 1994 if no agreement was made. It was not made, and so the players went on strike. Baseball games were cancelled immediately, with no foreseeable return. After a complete lack of progress, Bud Selig announced on September 9 that the rest of the season was cancelled, including the Postseason and the World Series. It would be the first time in a century no World Series was played. As the 1995 season dawned, the owners settled on using "replacement players." This forced the hand of everyone, and a court decision said that the previous agreements would hold while a new one was negotiated. So Major League Baseball played a shortened season in 1995 and has never had a work stoppage since.

William Floyd