I think it was Wilt Chamberlain, but I'm not sure. It was Moses Mallone who got the first 1 Million dollar contract for a year. I believe Pistol Pete got a Million Dollar contract over multiple years.
It was Kevin Brown for $101,000,000.
Well the first in baseball (and i think athlete) to have a one million dollar contract was nolan ryan.
His first contract, with the Atlanta Hawks in 1970, was for $1.6 million. He played for ten years and never signed a contract for less than a million a year.
Charlie Chaplin in 1918 :D
NFL Hall of Famer John Elway holds many records in the league. One which he may not even realize he has is the fact that he was the first million dollar quarterback.
Shaquille o neale
Drew Bledsoe was the first quarterback to make 1 million dollars. He signed a $23 million dollar contract for 3 years in 2005.