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What Would Babe Ruth's 1927 Salary Be Equivalent to Today?

Hall of Fame Major League Baseball (MLB) player Babe Ruth's 1927 salary would be equivalent to $922,000 US Dollars (USD) in 2015. Ruth received a 35% salary increase in 1927 and was paid $70,000 USD for his record-setting season in which he hit 60 home runs. In comparison, the highest paid MLB players in 2014 received $25 million USD salaries. Although Ruth’s salary would likely be considered a bargain in 2015 dollars, he was still the highest paid player in his time for 13 straight seasons. Ruth also set a salary record in 1930, when he was paid $80,000 USD, a figure that was 2.4 times higher than the next highest earner—this is the biggest discrepancy between the top two player salaries in history.

More about MLB player salaries:

  • Ross Barnes, one of the first well-known baseball players in the late 1800s, earned roughly as much per season as New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez earned per pitch in 2012.
  • In 1930, Babe Ruth earned $80,000 USD—$5,000 more than Herbert Hoover, the President at the time.
  • The first $1 million USD baseball salary occurred in 1979 for Nolan Ryan, and is about one-third the average salary for MLB players in 2014.
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By Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke
Allison Boelcke, a digital marketing manager and freelance writer, helps businesses create compelling content to connect with their target markets and drive results. With a degree in English, she combines her writing skills with marketing expertise to craft engaging content that gets noticed and leads to website traffic and conversions. Her ability to understand and connect with target audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
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