METHODOLOGY Data was obtained through a historical analysis. Reviewed previous research on the topics of bureaucratization and its effects on professional baseball from 1869 to the present. Analyzed several websites that were dedicated to professional baseball in order to obtain relevant statistical information.
FACTS AND FIGURES Table I: Minimum and Average Salary Wages for Baseball Players, 1882-2005 (in 2005 dollars) YEARPLAYERS MINIMUM SALARY PLAYERS AVERAGE SALARY WORKERS MINIMUM SALARY PLAYERS AVERAGE AS % OF WORKERS AVERAGE 1882N/A26,281N/A 1898N/A48,742N/A 1910N/A51,325N/A 1946N/A115,974N/A 1965N/A 14,040N/A 1985106,479659,41212,37653.28 2005316,0002,632,65510,712245.77
FACTS AND FIGURES In addition to players’ contracts, other sources of income have been available, such as endorsement deals and sponsorships. Table II: Famous First Salary Levels in Major League Baseball PLAYERYEARSALARYAMOUNT (IN 2005 $) %OF BABE RUTH’S SALARY Babe Ruth192250,000517,750 Hank Greenberg1947100,000946,4181.83 Nolan Ryan19791,000,0002,831,7195.47 Kirby Puckett19893,000,0004,676,1919.03 Ryne Sandberg19927,100,0009,615,23218.57 Albert Belle199611,000,00013,352,06525.79 Mike Piazza199813,000,00015,064,02229.10 Alex Rodriguez2000 21,000,000 (’01-’04) 25,000,000 (’05-’06) 27,000,000 (’07) 23,321,299 25,000,000 27,000,000 45.04 48.29 52.14
FACTS AND FIGURES Table IV: Franchises and the Owners’ Costs of Purchase TEAMOWNERS, BY YEARSALE PRICE (IN 2005 $) New York YankeesColonel Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast L’Hommedieu, 1915- 1945 8,474,362 Dan Topping and Del Webb, 1945- 1964 29,413,497 CBS, 1964-197367,598,668 George Steinbrenner, 1973-Present44,153,999 Boston Red SoxHarry Frazee, 1917-19236,780,716 Bob Quinn, 1923-193316,571,086 Thomas Yawkey, 1933-197720,319,461 John Henry and Tom Werner, 2001- Present 715,776,488 Minnesota TwinsClark Griffith, 1919-19552,152,372 Carl Pohlad, 1984-Present59,231,097