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Babe Ruth’s 1927 Paycheck from New York Yankees is a Joke

May 23rd, 2014 at 7:25 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Major League Baseball players in the 21st century get astronomical amounts of money to play a game and even the benchwarmers are making a nice buck. However, former New York Yankees slugger and all-time great Babe Ruth made peanuts compared to what he would be making nowadays.

Darren Rovell of ESPN tweeted out a picture of Ruth's paycheck from 1927 for a little over two weeks of work. Just bear in mind that Ruth creamed 60 homers and knocked in 164 runs while batting an astonishing .356 in a year the Yanks won the World Series.

Rovell went on to share a sickeningly true stat about what Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera makes:

So, we can just chalk it up to, "that was a lot of money back then," right?

If Ruth were still in the prime of his career in 2014, he'd be making right around what Cabrera and guys like Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million) make. Not only was he an incredible talent, but his personality would have made him plenty of endorsement deals, etc.

If you plug his two-week salary into, it comes out to about $104,000, which ends up being around $200,000 per month to acquire the Bambino's services. Over 12 months, it works out to about $2.4 million.

Looks like the Yanks got quite the bang for their buck. There are bench players making that much in this day and age. 

My how the times have changed.


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Tags: 1927, Babe Ruth, Baseball, Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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