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.
Dave Parker signed a million dollar contract on Jan. 1, 1979. Nolan Ryan signed his on a day in Nov. 1979, therefor Dave Parker was the first Million dollar a year ballplayer.
Drew Bledsoe was the first quarterback to make 1 million dollars. He signed a $23 million dollar contract for 3 years in 2005.
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.
Derek Sanderson was the first player EVER to sign a million dollar contract, however he didn't have the highest annual salary. The total worth of the contract was the most. For Example, A-Rod signed a 300 million dollar deal in baseball. If say Manny Ramirez signed a 2 year 65 million dollar deal, Manny would average more per season, while A-Rods total contract was more.
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.
Catfish Hunter had the first multi-million dollar major league contract. Peter Seitz, baseball's arbitrator, found that Hunter's contract was breached and declared Hunter a free agent. As one of the top pitchers of the game, he was free to sign with any team he wished. Over 20 teams sought his services and ultimately Hunter signed baseballs' first multi-million dollar contract. His five-year $3.25 million deal with the New York Yankees included a $1 million signing bonus, life insurance and deferred compensation and a $150,000 annual salary. Source: Mark's Sportslaw
Charlie Chaplin in 1918 :D
It is the Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff. From Ajax to Barcelona.