LOS ANGELES -- Derek Jeter made his major league debut on May 29, 1995. Never has a labor squabble cost him a game. Dave Winfield made his debut on June 19, 1973, one year after a player strike and four months after an owners' lockout. In a Hall of Fame career that ended in 1995, Winfield endured four strikes and two lockouts that wiped a total of 1,650 games from the major league schedule.
"If I'd have gotten those extra games, I might have had 500 home runs," said Winfield, whose career included 465 home runs.
As the NFL and NBA brace for labor war, the sport that used to be the paragon of dysfunction now has an enviable record of labor peace. The current collective bargaining agreement expires Dec. 11, but owners and players expect to sign a new deal that could extend the era of labor peace through 20 years.