Baseball's Milestone Contracts

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Honus Wagner: $10,000

Born 140 years ago on Feb. 24, 1874, Honus Wagner was a member of the first class at Cooperstown and winner of eight NL batting titles. He was also the first player to sign a milestone contract (at the time).

Just before the 1908 season, Honus Wagner planned to retire ... until Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss doubled his salary. Wagner was paid $10,000 per season from 1908 until he retired in 1917, when the average individual income in America was $807.

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