Happy Birthday to “The Rajah,” MLB Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby!
Apparently, some things DO change…
When he retired in 1938, Rogers earned roughly $470K over a 23-year playing/managing career. In 2012 dollars that works out to approximately $332K per year.
Likewise, his contemporary Babe Ruth- arguably the greatest baseball player of all-time (I argue otherwise)- earned just over $910K throughout the course of a 22-year career. In 2012 dollars that’s about $692K per year.
Comparatively, when his current contract expires, Albert Pujols- arguably the best player today- would have earned about $351M in salary. In the time of The Rajah & The Babe, that equates to an average of roughly $1M per year over a 21-year career.
This year the average MLB salary approaches $3.5M per year, in 1938 that would be about $215K- or just about half of what poor Rogers Hornsby (2-time Triple Crown and MVP winner) made in his entire career!