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    Ed Barrow's salary history.

    1927 - 25,000
    1934 - 25,000
    1935 - 25,000
    1936 - 20,000
    1937 - 25,000
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    Willie Mays' salary history.

    signed 1950 for $4,000 signing bonus & $250/month

    1951 - 5,000 ML minimum
    1952 - 7,500
    1953 - military
    1954 - 12,500
    1955 - 30,000
    1956 -
    1957 -
    1958 -
    1959 - 80,000
    1960 - 75,000
    1961 - 85,000
    1962 - 90,000
    1963 - 105,000
    1964 -
    1965 -
    1966 -
    1967 -
    1968 -
    1969 - 180,000
    1970 - 180,000
    1971 - 170,000
    1972 - 170,000
    1973 - 170,000
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    Hank Aaron's salary history.

    1952: $200 per month with Indianapolis Clowns

    1954 - 5,000
    1955 -
    1956 -
    1957 - 22,500
    1958 -
    1959 - 35,000
    1960 -
    1961 -
    1962 - 50,000
    1963 -
    1964 - 60,000
    1965 - 70,000
    1966 -
    1967 - 100,000
    1968 - 100,000
    1970 - 125,000
    1971 - 125,000
    1972 - 200,000
    1973 - 200,000
    1974 - 220,000
    1975 - 240,000
    1976 - 250,000
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    Casey Stengel's salary history.

    1950 - 50,000
    1951 - 65,000
    1960 - 160,000

    Quote Originally Posted by OleMissCub View Post
    Page 290, of Stengel by Robert Creamer.

    It shows that his salary at the time he resigned from the Yankees was $160,000.
    When Casey was fired following the Yankees' 1960 World Series loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, based on his age (70), he told reporters, "I was told my services were no longer desired. I won't make the mistake of being 70 again."
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    Michael (King) Kelly's salary history.

    1881 - 1,300
    1882 - 1,400
    1883 - 1,700
    1884 - 2,000
    1885 - 2,250
    1886 - 2,500
    1887 - 4,000
    1888 - 4,000
    1889 - 4,000
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    Jimmie Foxx' salary history.

    1926 - 2,000
    1927 - 2,500
    1928 - 3,000
    1929 - 5,000
    1930 -
    1931 - 16,600
    1932 - 16,600
    1933 - 16,600
    1934 - 18,000
    1935 - 20,000
    1936 - 25,000
    1937 -
    1938 -
    1939 - 32,000
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    Edd Roush's salary history.

    1916 - 5,000
    1917 -
    1918 -
    1919 - 10,000
    1920 -
    1921 -
    1922 -
    1923 -
    1924 - 19,000
    1925 -
    1926 -
    1927 - 23,300
    1928 - 23,300
    1929 - 23,300
    1930 - sat out season, via salary hold out
    1931 - 15,000

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    Mickey Cochrane's salary history.

    1934 - 30,000
    1935 - 30,000
    1936 - 45,000
    1937 - 45,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Ubiquitous View Post
    Cochrane is believed to have been paid 25k in 1934 and got a 10k bonus.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-28-2009 at 06:19 AM.

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    Frankie Frisch's salary history.

    1919 - $500 a month
    1921 - $8,000
    1922 - $12,500
    1923 - $12,500
    1924 - $17,000 + $500 for being captain
    1925 - $18,000, approximately. Frisch was a hold out and in the end got basically the same contract as 1924.
    1926 -
    1927 -
    1928 -
    1929 -
    1930 -
    1931 - $18,000 to $20,000
    1932 - $18,500
    1933 -
    1934 -
    1935 -
    1936 - 20,000
    1937 - 20,000

    Quote Originally Posted by Ubiquitous View Post
    1919 - $500 a month
    1921 - $8,000
    1922 - $12,500
    1923 - $12,500
    1924 - $17,000 + $500 for being captain
    1925 - $18,000, approximately. Frisch was a hold out and in the end got basically the same contract as 1924.
    1931 - $18,000 to $20,000
    1932 - $18,500


    Frish
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    Al Simmons' salary history.

    1931 - 33,330
    1932 - 33,330
    1933 - 33,330
    1934 - 20,000
    1935 -
    1936 - 16,500

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    Bill Terry's salary history.

    1931 - 25,000
    1932 - 15,000
    1933 -
    1934 - 27,500
    1935 - 27,500
    1936 - 30,000
    1937 - 30,000
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    Roberto Clemente's salary history.

    signed 10/9/1952 by Santurce Crabbers for $40/week, a $400 signing bonus and a new glove

    signed by Brooklyn 2/1954 for $5,000 salary and $10,000 signing bonus

    1967 - 100,000
    1970 - 125,000
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    Mike Schmidt's salary history.

    drafted 1971 (2-30) (Ohio U), $32,500 signing bonus

    1976 - 500,000
    1977 - 500,000
    1978 - 500,000
    1979 - 500,000
    1980 - 500,000
    1981 - 500,000
    1982 - 1,666,666
    1983 - 1,666,666
    1984 - 1,666,666
    1985 - 1,666,666
    1986 - 1,666,666
    1987 - 1,666,666
    1988 - 2,250,000
    1989 - 500,000
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    Barry Bonds salary history.

    1986 - 60,000
    1987 - 100,000
    1988 - 220,000
    1989 - 360,000
    1990 - 850,000
    1991 - 2,300,000
    1992 - 4,700,000
    1993 - 7,291,666
    1994 - 7,291,666
    1995 - 7,291,666
    1996 - 7,291,666
    1997 - 7,291,666
    1998 - 7,291,666
    1999 - 11,450,000
    2000 - 11,450,000
    2001 - 18,000,000
    2002 - 18,000,000
    2003 - 18,000,000
    2004 - 18,000,000
    2005 - 18,000,000
    2006 - 18,000,000
    2007 - 15,800,000
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    The fine details:

    Barry Bonds of
    Pittsburgh 1986-92, San Francisco 1993-2007

    1 year/$15.8M (2007)
    re-signed as a free agent 2/07 (Bonds' agent has said that any provision allowing the club to void the contract in the wake of an indictment is not enforceable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.)
    07:$15.8M ($5.8M of 2007 salary deferred)
    $4.2M in performance bonuses (earned $3.5M in bonuses, to be paid, plus 3% interest, in 2009):
    $0.5M for 250 PAs
    $1M each for 300, 375 & 450 PAs
    $0.7M for 525 PAs

    if Bonds is indicted, club has right to:
    terminate contract under sections 7(b)(1) and 7(b)(3) of Uniform Player Contract
    convert contract to a non-guaranteed deal, allowing club to release him before Opening Day & pay 30 or 45 days' termination pay
    Bonds agreed no to ask the players' union to file a grievance if he is released after an indictment
    under the agreement, Bonds' personal trainers are no longer club employees & no longer allowed in restricted areas at Major League parks
    perks: hotel suite on road, use of luxury suite for 5 homes games, 5 free lower box seats for each road game

    5 years/$90M (2002-06)
    signed 1/02

    $10M signing bonus ($2.5M paid 02, $3.5M 03, $4M 04)
    first 4 years/$72M guaranteed
    02:$13M, 03:$13M, 04:$16M, 05:$20M, 06:$18M club option
    club may void 2006 if Bonds has less than 500 PAs in 05
    club may not void 2006 option if Bonds has:
    950 PAs 2004-05 and at least 400 PAs 2005
    $5M/year of 2002-06 salaries deferred at 3.5%, paid 07-11
    $0.1M All Star award bonus

    no-trade clause
    10-year personal services contract begins after playing career ends, paying nearly $1M annually to the Bonds Family Foundation
    San Francisco exercised 2006 option 9/04

    2 years/$22.9M (1999-2000), plus 2001 club option
    signed extension with San Francisco 2/97

    99:$9.7M, 00:$10.7M, 01:$10.3M club option ($2.5M buyout)
    $0.425M annually in performance bonuses
    San Francisco exercised 2001 option 7/99

    6 years/$43.75M (1993-98)

    signed by San Francisco as a free agent 12/92

    $2.5M signing bonus
    93:$4M, 94:$4.75M, 95:$7.75M, 96:$8M, 97:$8.25M, 98:$8.5M
    highest annual average salary at signing
    largest-ever total package at signing

    bonus for winning MVP awards
    $0.1M for 1st time (won 1993)

    $0.25M for 2nd time
    $0.75M for 3rd time
    $1M for 4th time
    1 year/$4.7M (1992) (Pittsburgh)

    avoided arbitration 2/92 ($5M-$4M)

    $0.15M signing bonus, 92:$4.55M

    one-year salary record at time of signing
    hotel suite on road trips to LA, SF & San Diego (first player to be guaranteed a suite on the road)

    $0.6M in award bonuses
    $0.25M for MVP ($0.1M for 2nd in MVP vote)
    $0.15M for World Series MVP

    $0.1M for The Sporting News player of year
    $0.1M for LCS MVP

    1 year/$2.3M (1991)
    lost arbitration ($3.25M-$2.3M)

    1 year/$0.85M (1990)
    lost arbitration ($1.6M-$0.85M)

    1 year/$0.36M (1989)
    1 year/$0.22M (1988)
    1 year/$0.1M (1987)
    1 year/$60,000 (1986)

    drafted:
    1985 (1-6) (Pittsburgh)
    1982 (2-39) (San Francisco) (did not sign)

    agent: Jeff Borris
    ML service: 21.129
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    Pete Rose's salary history.

    signed 1960 for $5,000, plus $7,000 signing bonus

    1970 - 105,000
    1972 - 107,000
    1974 - 160,000
    1976 - 188,000
    1977 - 362,500
    1978 - 362,500
    1979 - 800,000
    1980 - 800,000
    1981 - 800,000
    1982 - 800,000
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    Roger Clemens' salary history.

    drafted:
    1983 (1-19) (Boston), $121,000 signing bonus

    1985 - 140,000
    1986 - 220,000
    1987 - 1,000,000
    1988 - 1,000,000
    1989 - 2,500,000
    1990 - 2,500,000
    1991 - 2,500,000
    1992 - 5,380,000
    1993 - 5,380,000
    1994 - 5,380,000
    1995 - 5,380,000
    1996 - 5,380,000
    1997 - 8,250,000
    1998 - 8,250,000
    1999 - 8,250,000
    2000 - 8,100,000
    2001 - 15,450,000
    2002 - 15,450,000
    2003 - 10,100,000
    2004 - 5,000,000
    2005 - 18,000,000
    2006 - 22,000,022
    2007 - 28,000,022
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    The fine details:

    Roger Clemens rhp
    Boston 1984-96, Toronto 1997-98,
    New York Yankees 1999-2003 & 2007, Houston 2004-06

    1 year/$28,000,022 (2007) (NY Yankees)

    contract purchased 6/9/07

    signed as a free agent 5/6/07 (minor-league contract)

    to receive pro-rated portion of major-league salary after joining Yankees 6/9/07 (about $17.4M)

    1 year/$22,000,022 (2006) (Houston)
    contract purchased 6/06

    re-signed as free agent 5/06 (1 year/$0.322M minor-league deal)
    received pro-rated portion of major-league salary ($12,262,294) after re-joining Astros 6/22/06

    1 year/$18M (2005) (Houston)

    avoided arbitration 1/05 ($22M-$13.5M)
    complete no-trade clause
    $3M assignment bonus if Clemens waives no-trade clause

    1 year/$5M (2004) (Houston)
    $3.5M of 2004 salary deferred for 2 years
    bonuses: ($25,000 All Star, $1.4M attendance)
    10-year personal-services contract with Houston after retirement

    signed as a free agent 1/ 04 (out of retirement)

    1 year/$10.1M (2003) (NY Yankees) (all deferred to 2004-2014)
    $8.1M present value at signing - paid as follows: 04:$0.6M, 05:$0.7M, 06:$0.9M, 07-12:$0.95M/year, 13-14:$1.1M/year
    "declined" 2003 player option, receiving $10.3M buyout
    2 years/$30.9M (2001-02), plus 2003 option (NY Yankees)

    $5M bonus (paid 2001-02)

    01:$7.8M, 02:$7.8M, 03:$10.3M player option ($10.3M buyout), 04:$7.2M club option
    signed extension 8/00

    3 years/$24.75M (1997-99), plus $8.1M 2000 club option (Toronto)

    $2M signing bonus
    97:$5.5M, 98:$7.5M, 99:$8M, 00:$8.1M option ($1.75M buyout)
    acquired by NY Yankees in trade (from Toronto) 2/99

    side agreement (later invalidated by MLB) gave Clemens:
    right to request a trade
    right to approve team to which he is traded
    right to request trade to Houston after any season during the life of the contract

    4 years/$21.521M (1992-95), plus 1996 option (Boston)

    $0.621M signing bonus
    92:$4.4M, 93:$4.5M, 94:$5M, 95:$5.5M

    Boston exercised $5.5M 1996 club option 3/93
    1996 option ($1.5M buyout):
    $5.5M club option if exercised before '93 season
    $5.8M club option if exercised before '94 season
    $6M player option with
    220 IP in '94 or '95, OR
    1st, 2nd or 3rd in '94 or '95 Cy Young vote

    first player to receive $5M/year

    signed extension 2/91

    3 years/$7.5M (1989-1991)
    $0.3M signing bonus

    89:$2.2M, 90:$2.5M, 91:$2.5M
    award bonuses:
    $0.1M each for Cy Young, MVP & WS MVP
    $50,000 for LCS MVP

    avoided arbitration 2/89 ($2.36M-$1.9M)

    2 years/$2M (1987-88), plus bonuses

    87:$0.65M, 88:$1.35M
    signed 4/87, replacing 1 year/$0.4M contract for 1987 (Boston had unilaterally renewed Clemens' contract when he walked out of training camp)

    1 year/$0.22M (1986), plus $0.12M in bonuses
    1 year/$0.14M (1985)

    drafted:
    1983 (1-19) (Boston), $121,000 signing bonus

    1981 (12-288) (NY Mets) (did not sign)

    agents: Hendricks brothers
    ML service: 23.014
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    Nap Lajoie's salary history.

    1899 - 2,400
    1900 - 6,000
    1901 - 8,000
    1902 - 8,000
    1903 - 8,000
    1904 -
    1905 - 9,000
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    Harmon Killebrew's salary history.

    1954 - $12,000 bonus as claimed by Killebrew. 30k as claimed by his team
    1959- $9,000
    1960 - $22,000 to $25,000
    1961 - $28,000 aprox
    1962 - $38,000
    1964 - $60,000
    1965 - $52,500
    1967 - $65,000
    1971 - $110,000
    1972 - $125,000
    1973 - $105,000
    1974 - $90,000


    Killebrew was paid $105,000 in 1973 and $110,000 in 1971. The 1973 salary had a few contingencies based on attendance and playing time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ubiquitous View Post
    1954 - $12,000 bonus as claimed by Killebrew. 30k as claimed by his team
    1959- $9,000
    1960 - $22,000 to $25,000
    1961 - $28,000 aprox
    1962 - $38,000
    1964 - $60,000
    1965 - $52,500
    1967 - $65,000
    1971 - $110,000
    1973 - $105,000
    1974 - $90,000


    Killebrew was paid $105,000 in 1973 and $110,000 in 1971. The 1973 salary had a few contingencies based on attendance and playing time.
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    top ten of 1931
    Ruth - 80k
    McGraw - 50k
    Mack - 50k
    Hornsby - 40k
    Wilson - 33k
    McCarthy - 30k
    Simmons - 30k
    Terry - 25k
    Gehrig - 25k
    Robinson - 25k

    top ten of 1936
    McCarthy - 33k
    Cochrane - 30k
    Terry - 27.5k
    Mack - 25k
    Cronin - 25k
    Foxx - 23k
    Gehrig - 23k
    Grove - 22.5k
    Grimm - 22k
    Frisch - 20k

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    I have to go to work now, but I will return and finish up posting some reference resources, such as this salary chart that Ubi once shared with us all long ago.


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    top contracts for 1937:
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    Burleigh Grimes
    1922 - $9,000
    1923 - $9,000
    plus he gets a $1,000 bonus each year if the Dodgers think he warrants it.

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    From Cot's: Nellie Fox's 1962 contract
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    BoSox Rule graciously shares this link with us all.

    http://mlbcontracts.blogspot.com/200...s_archive.html

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    Andy Leonard

    1871 While playing for the Olympic club of Washington he was given an appointment as assistant messenger in the War Department, at an annual salary of $720. Government jobs were a notorious source of patronage for Washington ball clubs. I would think Leonard's total compensation must have included more money than this, but I have no other information.
    1872 -- $1,600 (first year of a two-year contract)
    1873 -- $1,800
    1874 -- $1,800
    1875 -- $1,800
    1876-78 $1,800 per annum for 3-year contract
    1879 $1,500 (with Capital City of Albany, an ambitious non-NL club that signed a number of expensive big-name players but folded early in the season)
    1880 $1,300

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