This day in baseball: Ruth’s 1927 deal

On March 2, 1927, the Yankees announced that Babe Ruth would earn $70,000 per season for the next three years, making him the highest paid player in major league history. The Bambino had asked for $100,000, but was negotiated down in a meeting with Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the club’s owner, at the Ruppert Brewery in Manhattan.


New York Times

4 Comments on “This day in baseball: Ruth’s 1927 deal”

  1. verdun2 says:

    He was underpaid.

  2. Underpaid indeed! Converted to 2018 $$, Babe requested $1.4 million.

    In 2018 $$, they settled at $997,000. (Minimum MLB salary in 2018: $545K)

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