1980 Headline: “Nolan Ryan Becomes Baseball’s First Million Dollar Player”
On this day in 1980, Nolan Ryan signed a 4-year, 4.5 million dollar contract with the Houston Astros.
Amazingly, this level of a contract did not go to a player that was going to suit up for 150+ games in a season. It went to a pitcher that was going to appear in no more than 35 games a year.
Happy Anniversary Mr. Ryan!!!
Who would have thought that the contracts would multiply in value as quickly as they did following this signing…