Monday, July 12, 2010

Top 10 All Time Best Baseball Players

All Star Game July 13th Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California

1. Babe Ruth He was a Yankee for years, ended his career with the Boston Braves. Starting salary in 1914 $1,900 at one time his highest pay was $80,000. He ended his career in 1935 making $25,000.

2. Ty Cobb Played with the Detroit Tigers almost his entire career. His last two years in baseball, he was with the Philadelphia Athletics. Starting salary in 1906 $1,500, his highest salary was $85,000. He ended his career in 1928 making $35,000.

3. Roberto Clemente. Played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. I wasn’t able to find his starting salary but he was making $150,000 when a plane he was traveling on crashed in 1972. He started playing baseball in 1955 before I was born. He was one of my favorite baseball cards and never was in the selection of trades when we did our flips.

4. Willie Mays began his baseball career in 1951 with the New York Giants making $7,500. His final salary in 1973 with the New York Mets was $165,000.

5. Joe DiMaggio played his entire career with the New York Yankees. His initial salary was $8,500 in 1936. In 1951 at the end of his career he was earning $100,000.

6. Ted Williams played his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. His initial salary was $6,500 and at the end of his career in 1960, he was making $95,000. The year prior to his retirement he was making a career high of $125,000. His salary dipped in 1952 to $25,000 when he left baseball to join the marines.

7. Mickey Mantle played his entire career with the New York Yankees. His initial salary was $7,500 in 1951 and ended his career in 1968 earning $100,000.

8. Roger Marris began his career earning $15,000 playing for the New York Yankees in 1959. He ended his baseball playing for the St. Louis Cardinals earning $75,000.

9. Hank Aaron began his career with the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 earning $5,000 and ended up making $250,000 in 1976 when he retired.

10. Jackie Robinson played his entire professional baseball career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played baseball for them from 1947-1956. I was not able to find his salary history only that he made $35,000 in 1950. He was the first black player in American baseball. I hope he was not short-changed.

Lou Gehrig also remembered for greatness and also the tragedy of a disease that took his life so venomously.

What are the salaries today? It seems one player almost is worth an entire team of some of the greatest players in American history.