Mike Schmidt was Baseball's first 2 million dollar man, signing a 4-year contract after the 1983 season for $2.1 million per year.
Mickey Mantle never made one million dollars in one year playing baseball. He made one million Dollars over his last 12 seasons. His Highest salary was $100,000. which he earned each year from 1963 - 1968. He made $5,000. his rookie year, and by his 6th year in 1956 he was making $30,000. Back in the 1960's $100,000. was a top salary in the Major Leagues. Mantle did make a lot of money through player endorsements.
The first player in major league history to earn $100,000 a year was Joe DiMaggio. He signed this contract in 1949.
Hank Greenberg earned $100,000 in his final MLB season, 1947, with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
the first baseball game to gross a million dollars was the Yankee's versus the braves in 1965
Dave Parker was the first Major League ballplayer to earn one million dollars a year, when he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in January of 1979. The contract was for $5 million over five years.
Nolan Ryan was the first MLB player, at any position, to sign a contract that paid $1 million a year -- doing so in 1979.
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