: 11.11 Sport
: baseball (left fielder) Highest salary
: $100,000 (1954) Average player salary
: $9,000 (1954)
In 1954, past the halfway point of his legendary career as a lifetime member of the Boston Red Sox, Ted Williams was in the middle of a contract paying him $100,000 a year. This was eleven times the average player’s salary that year. Williams’ career spanned 22 years from, 1939 to 1960, missing three seasons between 1942 and 1946 to serve in the Marines as an aviator. Williams was one of the greatest hitters in baseball, batting .344 over his long career; leading the American League in batting average six separate times; and being the last player to bat over .400 in a season. While he never won a World Series with the Red Sox, Williams won the American League MVP twice. He was inducted into the The Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.
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