In 1949 Joe DiMaggio of the NY Yankees became the first $100,000/year baseball player.

Joe DiMaggio, known as the “Yankee Clipper,” was a supreme baseball player – an excellent fielder as well as hitter.

Hall of Fame player, owner and manager Connie Mack called DiMaggio “the best player that ever lived.”

His teammate All-Star Yogi Berra said: “I wish everybody had the drive he had. He never did anything wrong on the field. I’d never seen him dive for a ball, everything was a chest-high catch, and he never walked off the field.”