1968 St. Louis Cardinals $800,000 V. 2011 Cardinals $105 Million
It was believed that the 1968 Cardinals payroll would exceed $800,000.
Light-hitting shortstop Dal Maxville batted .227/.297/.297 with a home run and 41 RBIs. His 1967 $25,000 salary was the lowest on the team.
Roger Maris batted .261/.346/.405 with nine home runs and 55 RBIs. He was paid $75,000. Maris made more money than the entire 1934 world champion Cardinals team.
National Leaguers had an average 1967 salary of about $24,000, with more than one-half of the players earning at least $18,000.
It is difficult to obtain accurate salary data before 1989, but the following are Baseball-Reference's estimates for the following 1968 Cardinals:
Orlando Cepeda $80,0000
Julian Javier $45,000
Mike Shannon $40,000
Dal Maxville $37,500
Lou Brock $70,000
Curt Flood $72,500
Roger Maris $75,000
Tim McCarver $60,000
Bob Gibson $85,000
In 2011, the world champion St. Louis Cardinals payroll of $105,433,572 was the 11th highest among the 30 teams.
The following are some of the salaries of the 2011 world champion Cardinals:
Albert Pujols $14,508,395
Skip Schumaker $ 2,750,000
David Freese $416,000
Ryan Theriot $3,300,000
Matt Holliday $16,317,774
John Jay $ 416,000
Lance Berkman $8,000,000
Yadier Molina $5,312,500
Chris Carpenter $14,259,403
Taking inflation into account, the 1968 Cardinals $800,000 payroll equals about $5 million today.
Team payrolls have skyrocketed since the advent of free agency. The 2011 Cardinals $105,433,572 payroll would have been about $17 million in 1968.
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