When people think about baseball, there are two things that pop into nearly everyone’s heads.

The first is the legendary Babe Ruth, whom everyone knows as a symbol of America’s greatest past time.

The second is the outrageous amounts of money thrown towards today’s players. 

This sparked an idea: If Babe Ruth played today, how much money would his salary have been worth?

Also, which players are making more than him today and are they really worth it?

With a bit of research and an inflation calculator, I was able to find out a few things.

First, there are many players making more than Ruth would today.

When Ruth was first traded to the Yankees after the 1919 season, he doubled his salary from $10,000 a year to $20,000. In today’s dollars, Ruth would have been getting paid about $226,655 when the infamous trade happened.

He was traded for $125,000, which roughly translates to just over $1.6 million dollars today.

At his highest salary in 1931, he was making $80,000. In 2012, that would’ve been worth just under $1.2 million dollars.

So as you’ll see, lots of today’s players are making more money than the most legendary baseball player of all time.

Here’s a list of a few just to put into perspective how worthy certain players are of their contract.

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