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A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME
Richard Sandomir
April 16, 1990
How different is the game today? On the field, it has become faster, with greater emphasis on defense, as this comparison of National League player statistics from 1950 and last season shows. Off the field, major league revenues have escalated nearly tenfold, based on inflation-adjusted 1990 dollars (in parentheses)
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April 16, 1990

A Whole New Ball Game

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Blacks
2%

Latins
2%

Others
96%

Blacks
.296

Latins
.272

Others
.265

? Based on statistics for both leagues

AVG. PLAYER SALARY $11,000 ($56,595)

1990

VALUE OF FRANCHISE
Los Angeles Dodgers
$225m

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