Skip to comments.1975 Payroll of Boston Red Sox
Posted on 07/06/2014 10:53:32 AM PDT by SamAdams76
1975 Boston Red Sox Salaries
Carl Yastrzemski $175,000.00
Rick Wise $90,000.00
Carlton Fisk $80,000.00
Tim McCarver $65,000.00
Fred Lynn $38,000.00
Bob Heise $27,500.00
Jim Rice $27,000.00
Steve Barr $16,000.00
Tim Blackwell $16,000.00
Rick Burleson $16,000.00
Dick Pole $16,000.00
Kim Andrew $15,000.00
Jim Burton $15,000.00
Steve Dillard $15,000.00
Butch Hobson $15,000.00
Rick Kreuger $15,000.00
Andy Merchant $15,000.00
It was also the year that the Boston Red Sox won the pennant and went on to lose to the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series.
The above are the salaries of select players from that team. The minimum MLB salary was $15,000 - or $288 a week. Should mention that the average American made $8,630 that year - or $165 a week. I can still remember my father around that time showing me what $100 looked like. It was his take-home pay that week. Seemed like all the money in the world.
Here in 2014, the average American makes $47,441 - or $912 a week. The MINIMUM MLB salary is $500,000 - or $9,615 a week.
So while in 1975 the minimum MLB salary was about twice that of the average American, today it is 10x that of the average American. Note that the minimum MLB salary quickly escalates as the AVERAGE MLB salary is $3.39 million.
Back in 1975, Carl Yastrzemski was the highest paid Red Sox at $175,000 (he got a $10,000 bonus for spelling his name correctly when signing his checks).
So why mention all this? No particular reason except it is 82 degrees in my backyard and I'm hanging out on my picnic table waiting to grill some hamburgers and pork chops.
I do remember going to Fenway park during the mid 1970s. I was just a teenager and had a paper route. I made about $20 a week plus another $20-25 in tips. Pretty decent money back then for a kid barely in high school.
I was able to afford to go to as many Red Sox games as I wanted with that money. That's because it cost $1.25 to get a ticket for the bleachers. For another 50 cents, you could get what was called a "grandstand pass" in which you got standing room in the grandstand. What that actually meant however was that in the later innings, as businessmen started taking their exits, you could sneak down into the more expensive "box seats." An aggressive 14-year-old could end up sitting directly behind the Red Sox dugout by the 8th inning - especially if the game was a blowout in any direction.
I remember one game that went into extra innings scoreless and in the bottom of the 10th, Carlton Fisk hit a solo homerun to win the game. I was so close to the dugout that I could almost reach out and touch him as he sprinted victoriously into the dugout after that homer and then came out to tip his cap.
Back in those days, hot dogs cost thirty-five cents and for ninety cents, you could get a plastic cup of 3.2 beer. They did NOT check IDs in those days.
Yep adjusted for inflation, no question that salaries and ticket prices have skyrocketed. Are we better off in a situation in which the middle class can’t afford to attend as many games? Are there eniuh yuppies and corporations to keep buying all the tickets to support the industry of sports?
Today you would remove that dot near the end for today’s salary. You are paying for it thru higher cable bills.
Minnesota Twins tickets range from $17 to $84
Are we worse off if we don't attend as many games?
$30 to $118 if the Twins play the Yankees......
Does not include the price of hotdogs.
Izzy’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream is $7! Better be a big scoop!
Well, we are not worse off attending fewer games. But they are blunting the growth of the fan base of younger fans, who will not have the experience of going to the ball game with their dads. The current situation is one in which major professional sports have priced themselves out of what average people can realistically pay for a day at the ballpark. So people just don’t go to the game anymore. Its a sad trend in my opinion. Not as serious as other issues facing society, but a reminder that sports have priced themselves out of reach for the mass audience.
I find that so disgusting that I'm lost for words.
“An aggressive 14-year-old could end up sitting directly behind the Red Sox dugout by the 8th inning - especially if the game was a blowout in any direction. “
My boys are roughly the same age as you,and did what you did—paper route and all.
Opening Day was always a huge skip school day-—in high school.
Y-a-s-t-r-z-e-m-s-k-i, eleven letters.
Todd Hollandsworth, thirteen letters.
I think there's a guy now even longer.
That may not be a bad thing, if that time is spent participating in sports such as martial arts (for example) themselves, rather than sitting in the stands and making someone else rich.
Your comment sounds like a liberal left comment.
I worked at a factory and made $1.85 and hour starting wage.
The top guys were making 5 dollars an I thought they had it made.
So when the day comes when you need a rare,delicate life saving heart operation will you go to the Mayo Clinic or Lambeau Field?
Wow...Yaz, while certainly one of the all time greats, was making more than 2X Fisk, who also had a pretty stellar career.
That doesn’t make sense.
During the 1975-79 period, I used to take in about 40 Red Sox games a year. And a good amount of Bruins games as well. (I never liked basketball and the Patriots played in Foxboro even then.)
There was no way my sons, when they were teenagers, could just ride the T into town and take in a Red Sox game. Just too expensive.
I still go to a good amount of games today but through tickets purchased through my company (Fenway and Yankee stadium). Our company spends hundreds of thousands of dollars a year on game tickets. Usually we take clients but once in a while, clients back out and I get to call the sons to get in on the action.
For better or worse, professional sports are mostly in the corporate domain these days. Your average Joe is simply not going to be able to afford it. I remember purchasing tickets a few years back when family came out to visit us. I spent over $1,000 that night taking six people to the game.
1975 New York Yankees Salaries
Catfish Hunter $640,000.00
Thurman Munson $100,000.00
Pat Dobson $79,000.00
Alex Johnson $65,000.00
Bob Oliver $55,000.00
Sandy Alomar $50,000.00
Ed Herrmann $50,000.00
Elliott Maddox $50,000.00
Rudy May $42,500.00
Eddie Leon $29,000.00
Walt Williams $28,000.00
Tippy Martinez $16,000.00
Larry Murray $16,000.00
Dave Pagan $16,000.00
Otto Velez $16,000.00
Mike Wallace $16,000.00
Terry Whitfield $16,000.00
Dave Bergman $15,000.00
Kerry Dineen $15,000.00
Ron Guidry $15,000.00
Rick Sawyer $10,200.00
I remember the A's reliever Paul Lindblad got $600,000 contract in 1976.
I was able to afford to go to as many Red Sox games as I wanted with that money. That's because it cost $1.25 to get a ticket for the bleachers. For another 50 cents, you could get what was called a "grandstand pass" in which you got standing room in the grandstand.
Sox also made deals for bleacher seats for only .50 cents to military ID holders.
Funny thing about Catfish Hunter. In the early 70s, I used to think that was a description of him, not his actual name. I actually thought the Oakland A’s (team he was with at the time) figured a hunter of catfish would make a good major league pitcher for them.
Same here...a family of five outing to see the SF Giants runs probably $700 all in for so-so seats. We go at most once a year or when somebody is providing us free tix through their company. The bleachers run $45 to $85, for crying out loud.
I used to be a big baseball fan. Followed the Mets through all their ups and downs, mostly downs. But after a few players strikes, my interest has waned to the point that now I scarcely pay any attention to baseball at all. To me, a ball player making over $100,000 A WEEK, charging a little kid for an autograph at a show is truly disgusting.
I took my kids to their first major league game two weeks ago, Red Sox at Oakland. Cost $164.00 for four seats in the back row of the second deck, behind the visitor’s dugout, which I got because they’re in the shade all afternoon. Hot dogs were $5.50.
That’s not a bad deal.
My father got bleacher tickets in Yankee Stadium for $0.30 cents, when Ruth and Gehrig were playing for the Yankees. Of course, his father was making $88/month in those days, and glad to have a job.
For the 1930 season, Ruth was paid $80,000, based on his performance in 1929, and his credible threat to hold out. When a reported pointed out that he was making more than the President, he replied that he’d had a better year (in 1929) than the president. Tom Seaver, in 1970, iirc, was the first player to ever be paid more.
Saltalamacchia, 14 little letters.
When Babe Ruth started making $1,000 a week (and that was unimaginable in the day), he decided that he was going to never wear the same shirt twice. So he would buy 7 shirts a week and then donate them to the poor after wearing it just the one time.
You lived in a MUCH FREER COUNTRY than we live in now...very sad.
Exactly the point I was getting at, that sports have gotten too expensive for the middle class. $1000 to take a group of six to a ballgame??? Holy Toledo. who can easily afford that?
for better or worse, professional sports has decided to write off the middle class or working class type fans, at least when it comes to attending games at the stadium. Of course they are happy to get all to watch on TV. There’s something about being there in person which is very different from watching on TV.
Thanks! I knew there was one.
It’s interesting to contemplate but there’s no lessons learned I don’t think.
No - prices aren’t going back to where they were.
No - teachers and doctors aren’t going to get paid what star athletes get paid.
It is what it is.
As someone else alluded to, the idea of ESPN and charging people for what they watch on TV was an idea that hadn’t yet hit in 1975.
Things change - some things get cheaper (computers, electronics) other things get more expensive (going to a game) - what of it?
How many millions of dollars did those surgeons make for somebody else? That’s always the key to making money: making somebody else money. Ball players are key ingredient in a multi-billion dollar a year industry, and that’s how they get paid. The day 20,000 people will spend $100 and up to watch a surgeon operate they’ll make $10 million a year.
Three of the top seven on that list are now in the Hall of Fame.
Fisk, Game 6 hero, only made $80,000?
During the Atlanta Braves worst to first season they had the lowest club salaries in MLB. The highest was the NYY who didn’t even get in any pennant race that season.
Well, the first time I saw the Red Sox and the A’s, the Kansas City As, I got a free Louisville Slugger with Joe Foy’s name on it.