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Baseball Millionaires Ranking

Batter up! What do the names Greg Maddux, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Nolan Ryan, and Kirby Puckett have in common? In 1993, these five baseball players each earned a salary of more than $3.5 million. A suburban Chicago newspaper, the Daily Herald, published a list “1993 Baseball Millionaires – by Team” of all major league baseball players that made a salary of at least one million dollars. Another list in the same newspaper listed them in rank order of highest-paid.

These five players are also included in NewspaperArchives’ Free Historical Collection. Free content can be found on each of them and many other baseball greats. For example, the Kokomo Tribune featured an entire page on Greg Maddux with statistics and quotes from the pitcher.

Mickey Mantle

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Hank Aaron beat Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974. It took Aaron 20 years and almost 3,000 baseball games before he hit his 715th home run to become the record holder. “Aaron Glad Great Chase is History” is an account of the event and includes a great picture of “The Hammer” holding his home run ball.

The voting for the MVP in 1957 was heavily debated. Mickey Mantle received the accolade for the 2nd year in a row, while many fans were furious that Ted Williams had been snubbed. The Sporting News ran several articles highlighting the controversy.

“The Death of a Star Mourned” was published detailing the death of baseball legend Roberto Clemente along with several incredible images. He was only 38-years-old when his plane crashed on a mercy mission to Nicaragua.

In addition to our free Athlete content, we also have a Sports History collection with baseball topics like Abner Doubleday, the father of American baseball, Babe Ruth, and the Negro National League.

100th anniversary of the World Series in 2003

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