I love the challenge of the game. I love the work. My goal right now is to have a season next year that will make people forget about this one. I’ll use things like this for motivation. I’m pumped. I’m hungry.
Here’s an infographic from FansEdge.com (created, I believe, in 2012) that displays the salary structures of athletes of the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL pro sports leagues. I’m sure it’s no surprise that the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez pretty much blow the rest of the comparisons out of the water.
Here’s an infographic that includes an eclectic collection of numbers from 2011 surrounding the game of baseball. I particularly dig the 2 million kids playing ball in the bottom left. Gotta start ’em off right!
Here’s another great infographic depicting record holders for the most career singles, doubles, triples, home runs, and grand slams — as of 2009. The one out-of-date piece of information on here is in the grand slam category, as Alex Rodriguez passed Gehrig’s record in 2013 with his 24th career grand slam.
On 20 August 1938, Lou Gehrig hit a grand slam in the first inning against Philadelphia’s Buck Ross. It was the twenty-third, and final, grand slam of the Iron Horse’s career, which extended his career Major League record. The Yankees went on to defeat the Athletics 11-3. The record still stands today, tied only by Alex Rodriguez.
Lou Gehrig hit his first grand slam home run on 23 July 1925. It would prove to be the difference in the game as the Yankees defeated the Senators 11-7. Over the course of his seventeen-year career with New York, Gehrig would hit a record-setting 23 grand slams, a mark thus far matched only by Alex Rodriguez.
On 8 March 1930, baseball legend Babe Ruth signed a two-year contract with the New York Yankees for $160,000, thus making him the highest paid player of all time (up to that point, anyways). In the midst of the Great Depression, this contract definitely raised some eyebrows.
At $80,000 per year, someone pointed out, Ruth now had a higher salary than the President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. Ruth’s response? “So what? I had a better year than he did.” Ruth went on to lead the American League with 49 home runs that year.
Now, let’s take this a step further. I’m not one for doing the math myself, but I did a little poking around, curious to see how Ruth’s contract measures up to some of the big contracts in Major League Baseball today. Taking into consideration things such as cost of living and inflation, Ruth’s $80,000 in 1930 would have been worth $1,027,895 in 2005. The average Major League salary in 2005 was $2,476,589.
That’s right. In 2005, the average Major League ballplayer made more than double what the great Babe Ruth made. Meanwhile, the highest-paid ballplayer today, Alex Rodriguez, made a whopping $26,000,000.
What a difference 75 years makes! No doubt, had the country not been in the midst of the Depression, Ruth’s salary would have been higher. But would he have made the equivalent of A-Rod’s $26 million? Somehow, I doubt it.
“2005 MLB Top 25 Player Salaries.” USA Today. Gannett, 2012. Web. Accessed 8 March 2013. http://content.usatoday.com/sportsdata/baseball/mlb/salaries/player/top-25/2005
“Major League Baseball Salaries.” Baseball Almanac. Baseball-Almanac, 2000-2013. Web. Accessed 8 March 2013. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/charts/salary/major_league_salaries.shtml
Riess, Steven A. Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1980.
“Was Babe Ruth Underpaid?” EconEdLink: Economics & Personal Finance Resources for K-12. Council for Economic Education, 2013. Web. Accessed 8 March 2013. http://www.econedlink.org/lessons/index.php?lid=604&type=educator