After making $70,000 each of the previous three seasons, the Great Bambino’s salary was upped another ten grand in 1930. Amidst the Great Depression, this made the Yankee slugger’s pay even greater than that of President Herbert Hoover, who only made $75,000 a year! When asked about the situation, Ruth said, “What the hell has Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did.” The Sultan of Swat has a point - while he was rewriting the record books, Hoover’s presidency was more like a series of swings and misses.
Note: in the modern era, this phenomenon is no longer quite so amazing. At $32 million each year, Alex Rodriguez makes EIGHT TIMES President Obama’s annual salary!
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