League Financial Report
Friday, 9/1/1948
PAYROLLS
TeamPayroll    
Cleveland$109,377,221    
Cincinnati$104,357,936    
New York (A)$78,900,001    
Chicago (N)$78,895,421    
New York (N)$77,375,715    
Chicago (A)$67,568,571    
Boston (A)$65,838,571    
St. Louis (A)$61,295,718    
Pittsburgh$55,830,149    
10 Washington$55,610,000    
11 Philadelphia (A)$55,449,143    
12 Philadelphia (N)$53,381,429    
13 Boston (N)$52,465,719    
14 St. Louis (N)$38,705,714    
15 Detroit$38,131,429    
16 Brooklyn$23,839,571    
HIGHEST PAID PLAYERS
Pos NameTeam Salary   
LF Ted WilliamsCHC $22,420,000   
1B Johnny MizeSTL $20,000,000   
CF Jeff HeathDET $20,000,000   
1B Stan MusialSLA $18,750,000   
1B Hal TroskyCLE $17,222,222   
2B Ken KeltnerCLE $16,000,000   
C  Rudy YorkCLE $15,500,000   
RF Bill NicholsonCHA $15,000,000   
3B Whitey KurowskiNYN $13,000,000   
10 P  Orval GroveCIN $12,500,000   
11 2B Joe GordonCIN $12,222,222   
12 P  Dizzy TroutBSN $11,000,004   
13 P  Sam NahemCIN $11,000,000   
14 SS Arky VaughanCIN $10,720,000   
15 1B Phil CavarrettaCIN $10,710,000   
16 3B Harlond CliftCLE $10,500,000   
17 2B Bobby DoerrCHA $10,500,000   
18 P  Wayne OsbornePIT $10,250,000   
19 P  Tex HughsonWAS $10,000,000   
20 C  Walker CooperWAS $10,000,000   
21 CF Enos SlaughterSLA $9,800,000   
22 SS Vern StephensNYY $9,500,000   
23 RF Max WestPHI $9,500,000   
24 CF Joe DimaggioPHA $9,000,000   
25 RF Stan SpenceCIN $9,000,000   
ATTENDANCE
TeamATTENDANCE 1948ATTENDANCE 1947   
Cleveland2,981,1503,556,117   
Cincinnati2,561,4863,548,010   
New York (N)2,508,1043,233,362   
Boston (A)2,338,7723,105,633   
Philadelphia (N)2,304,0592,345,271   
Chicago (A)2,237,9902,700,331   
New York (A)2,050,8932,761,476   
Chicago (N)1,754,6552,205,658   
Philadelphia (A)1,741,9551,630,071   
10 St. Louis (A)1,314,5591,723,570   
11 Boston (N)1,237,1151,453,032   
12 Detroit1,215,2541,264,798   
13 Washington1,211,9991,138,886   
14 St. Louis (N)983,2231,262,326   
15 Brooklyn930,8141,041,088   
16 Pittsburgh847,329805,381   
Team Focus & Age
TeamFocusTeam Age 
Boston (A)Balanced32.21 
PittsburghBalanced31.89 
BrooklynBalanced31.85 
CincinnatiBalanced31.54 
Boston (N)Win Now!31.48 
WashingtonWin Now!31.22 
Philadelphia (A)Balanced31.14 
New York (A)Balanced31.12 
ClevelandBalanced31.02 
10 New York (N)Balanced30.95 
11 St. Louis (A)Balanced30.17 
12 St. Louis (N)Balanced30.10 
13 Chicago (A)Balanced29.96 
14 Philadelphia (N)Balanced29.82 
15 Chicago (N)Win Now!29.44 
16 DetroitWin Now!29.29 
 AVERAGE 30.82 
Boston (A) Red Sox
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest70 / 100   
Attendance2,338,7723,105,633  
Attendance / Game35,43638,341  
Attendance Revenue$23,387,720$31,056,330  
Revenue / Game$354,359$383,411  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$45,000,000$45,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$11,342,249$14,105,712  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$2,061,554  
Attendance Revenue$23,387,720$23,387,720  
     
Payroll$65,838,571   
Total Revenue$79,729,969$92,223,596  
Total Player Expenses$53,478,942$68,058,622  
Total +/-$26,251,027$24,164,974  
     
Cash$20,000,000   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$60,472,042   
$$ left for Free Agents$44,323,471   
New York (A) Yankees
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest61 / 100   
Attendance2,050,8932,761,476  
Attendance / Game30,61034,092  
Attendance Revenue$20,508,930$27,614,760  
Revenue / Game$306,103$340,923  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$47,000,000$49,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$11,350,532$14,071,279  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$20,508,930$20,508,930  
     
Payroll$78,900,001   
Total Revenue$78,859,462$90,686,039  
Total Player Expenses$64,967,886$58,702,847  
Total +/-$13,891,576$31,983,192  
     
Cash$20,000,000   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$35,356,039   
$$ left for Free Agents$29,786,038   
Philadelphia (A) Athletics
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest63 / 100   
Attendance1,741,9551,630,071  
Attendance / Game25,61720,124  
Attendance Revenue$17,419,550$16,300,710  
Revenue / Game$256,170$201,243  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$35,000,000$35,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$10,261,819$12,246,105  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$17,419,550$17,419,550  
     
Payroll$55,449,143   
Total Revenue$62,681,369$63,546,815  
Total Player Expenses$45,433,581$44,309,191  
Total +/-$17,247,788$19,237,624  
     
Cash$20,000,000   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$33,721,481   
$$ left for Free Agents$28,097,672   
Washington Senators
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest45 / 100   
Attendance1,211,9991,138,886  
Attendance / Game18,93714,060  
Attendance Revenue$10,907,991$10,249,974  
Revenue / Game$170,437$126,543  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$37,000,000$37,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$10,390,402$12,502,642  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$10,907,991$10,907,991  
     
Payroll$55,610,000   
Total Revenue$58,298,393$59,752,616  
Total Player Expenses$45,454,894$60,193,308  
Total +/-$12,843,499$-440,692  
     
Cash$19,559,308   
Ticket Price$9   
     
$$ left for Extensions$27,417,591   
$$ left for Free Agents$23,701,924   
Chicago (A) White Sox
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest82 / 100   
Attendance2,237,9902,700,331  
Attendance / Game33,40333,337  
Attendance Revenue$22,379,900$27,003,310  
Revenue / Game$334,028$333,374  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$29,000,000$29,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$8,282,602$9,964,260  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$22,379,900$22,379,900  
     
Payroll$67,568,571   
Total Revenue$59,662,502$65,967,570  
Total Player Expenses$55,975,015$66,519,386  
Total +/-$3,687,487$-551,816  
     
Cash$19,448,184   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$13,349,088   
$$ left for Free Agents$17,847,183   
Cleveland Indians
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest90 / 100   
Attendance2,981,1503,556,117  
Attendance / Game45,86443,903  
Attendance Revenue$29,901,148$36,925,877  
Revenue / Game$460,018$455,875  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$53,000,000$49,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$15,750,115$18,885,403  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$4,690,207  
Attendance Revenue$29,901,148$29,901,148  
     
Payroll$109,377,221   
Total Revenue$98,651,263$109,501,487  
Total Player Expenses$89,675,080$97,031,582  
Total +/-$8,976,183$12,469,905  
     
Cash$12,579,480   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$31,385,205   
$$ left for Free Agents$12,013,539   
Detroit Tigers
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest41 / 100   
Attendance1,215,2541,264,798  
Attendance / Game18,13815,615  
Attendance Revenue$12,152,540$12,647,980  
Revenue / Game$181,381$156,148  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$31,000,000$39,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$10,360,402$12,433,136  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$12,152,540$12,152,540  
     
Payroll$38,131,429   
Total Revenue$53,512,942$64,081,116  
Total Player Expenses$31,114,917$44,614,554  
Total +/-$22,398,025$19,466,562  
     
Cash$20,000,000   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$36,905,783   
$$ left for Free Agents$37,949,687   
St. Louis (A) Browns
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest35 / 100   
Attendance1,314,5591,723,570  
Attendance / Game19,33221,279  
Attendance Revenue$13,145,590$17,235,700  
Revenue / Game$193,318$212,786  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$43,000,000$47,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$10,445,635$12,917,272  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$13,145,590$13,145,590  
     
Payroll$61,295,718   
Total Revenue$66,591,225$77,152,972  
Total Player Expenses$51,560,131$50,946,722  
Total +/-$15,031,094$26,206,250  
     
Cash$20,000,000   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$43,342,970   
$$ left for Free Agents$31,857,254   
Boston (N) Braves
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest41 / 100   
Attendance1,237,1151,453,032  
Attendance / Game18,74417,939  
Attendance Revenue$13,608,265$15,983,352  
Revenue / Game$206,186$197,325  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$45,000,000$45,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$14,589,827$17,674,818  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$13,608,265$13,608,265  
     
Payroll$52,465,719   
Total Revenue$73,198,092$78,658,170  
Total Player Expenses$44,833,466$58,639,788  
Total +/-$28,364,626$20,018,382  
     
Cash$20,000,000   
Ticket Price$11   
     
$$ left for Extensions$67,858,166   
$$ left for Free Agents$46,192,451   
Cincinnati Reds
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest84 / 100   
Attendance2,561,4863,548,010  
Attendance / Game39,40743,803  
Attendance Revenue$28,337,712$40,634,919  
Revenue / Game$435,965$501,666  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$55,000,000$55,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$14,106,675$17,274,621  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$28,337,712$28,337,712  
     
Payroll$104,357,936   
Total Revenue$97,444,387$112,909,540  
Total Player Expenses$85,169,290$116,503,148  
Total +/-$12,275,097$-3,593,608  
     
Cash$4,639,002   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$18,932,987   
$$ left for Free Agents$13,190,606   
Philadelphia (N) Blue Jays
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest80 / 100   
Attendance2,304,0592,345,271  
Attendance / Game34,38928,954  
Attendance Revenue$23,040,590$23,452,710  
Revenue / Game$343,889$289,540  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$43,000,000$43,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$12,786,509$15,308,062  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$2,239,217  
Attendance Revenue$23,040,590$23,040,590  
     
Payroll$53,381,429   
Total Revenue$78,827,099$83,999,989  
Total Player Expenses$43,616,352$49,612,025  
Total +/-$35,210,747$34,387,964  
     
Cash$20,000,000   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$40,834,106   
$$ left for Free Agents$48,379,343   
Pittsburgh Pirates
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest17 / 100   
Attendance847,329805,381  
Attendance / Game12,8389,943  
Attendance Revenue$7,625,961$7,248,429  
Revenue / Game$115,545$89,487  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$37,000,000$37,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$22,824,836$27,712,338  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$7,625,961$7,625,961  
     
Payroll$55,830,149   
Total Revenue$67,450,797$71,960,767  
Total Player Expenses$45,585,903$58,735,162  
Total +/-$21,864,894$13,225,605  
     
Cash$20,000,000   
Ticket Price$9   
     
$$ left for Extensions$70,057,765   
$$ left for Free Agents$36,130,618   
Brooklyn Dodgers
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest34 / 100   
Attendance930,8141,041,088  
Attendance / Game13,49012,853  
Attendance Revenue$11,169,768$12,493,056  
Revenue / Game$161,881$154,235  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$33,000,000$41,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$9,686,110$12,008,465  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$11,169,768$11,169,768  
     
Payroll$23,839,571   
Total Revenue$53,855,878$65,501,521  
Total Player Expenses$19,792,203$31,272,628  
Total +/-$34,063,675$34,228,893  
     
Cash$19,675,000   
Ticket Price$12   
     
$$ left for Extensions$67,499,356   
$$ left for Free Agents$53,336,950   
Chicago (N) Cubs
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest60 / 100   
Attendance1,754,6552,205,658  
Attendance / Game26,58627,230  
Attendance Revenue$19,301,205$24,262,238  
Revenue / Game$292,443$299,534  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$37,000,000$37,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$8,209,598$10,154,097  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$4,880,625  
Attendance Revenue$19,301,205$19,301,205  
     
Payroll$78,895,421   
Total Revenue$64,510,803$76,296,960  
Total Player Expenses$64,668,219$81,844,218  
Total +/-$-157,416$-5,547,258  
     
Cash$11,570,479   
Ticket Price$11   
     
$$ left for Extensions$12,296,814   
$$ left for Free Agents$4,091,393   
New York (N) Giants
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest84 / 100   
Attendance2,508,1043,233,362  
Attendance / Game37,43439,918  
Attendance Revenue$25,081,040$32,333,620  
Revenue / Game$374,344$399,180  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$45,000,000$45,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$10,818,609$12,933,417  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$25,081,040$25,081,040  
     
Payroll$77,375,715   
Total Revenue$80,899,649$90,267,037  
Total Player Expenses$64,672,752$94,558,956  
Total +/-$16,226,897$-4,291,919  
     
Cash$12,833,081   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$40,980,118   
$$ left for Free Agents$25,724,403   
St. Louis (N) Cardinals
CategoryThis YearLast Year  
Fan Interest23 / 100   
Attendance983,2231,262,326  
Attendance / Game14,89715,584  
Attendance Revenue$9,832,230$12,623,260  
Revenue / Game$148,973$155,843  
     
Broadcasting Revenue$37,000,000$37,000,000  
Merchandising Revenue$7,523,177$9,252,438  
Play-Offs Revenue$0$0  
Attendance Revenue$9,832,230$9,832,230  
     
Payroll$38,705,714   
Total Revenue$54,355,407$58,875,698  
Total Player Expenses$32,383,388$41,578,272  
Total +/-$21,972,019$17,297,426  
     
Cash$20,000,000   
Ticket Price$10   
     
$$ left for Extensions$40,359,032   
$$ left for Free Agents$40,169,984   

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