Babe Ruth gets a salary of $20,000 from the New York Yankees for his prowess as a home-run hitter. He is worth more.
But the salary which the Yankee owners pay their star is mere pin-money to what he has made in side lines by capitalizing his reputation as a home-run hitter.
A movie company gave him a flat $50,000. Exhibition games in the east and Cuba have netted him over $38,000. Profit from the Babe Ruth cigar will add another $5,000. His life story sold for $3,000. Bonuses for endorsing articles brought him another bump of $3,000.
Equals ring income
Ruth is the first star in baseball whose earnings equal the incomes of ring champions.
Contracts by the score were waiting for him to sign when he finished the season with the Yankees, lie could have gone into vaudeville or anything that he wished.
Other high-salaried players are Eddie Collins of the White Sox. He is said to be a $15,000 a year man. Grover Alexander is another. Alex is in the $12,000 class.
Velvet for Ruth
Babe probably earns his money the easiest.
The judge will be in the thick of baseball brawls every minute he holds his job. Cobb and Speaker are responsible for the standing of their respective clubs in addition to their playing duties. But all Babe has to do is to step into one and knock it curly, and he is given credit for a day’s work.
They’re all smart fellows. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be baseballs highest-paid hired men.
Photo: “Babe Ruth rolls ’em down a new groove. The World’s champion home-run slugger has entered the cigar manufacturing business and is learning it, as he learned baseball, from start to finish. He’ll do in any box pitcher’s box, batter’s box or cigar box. Watch his smoke!” October 30, 1919