Dave Parker was the first Major League ballplayer to earn one million dollars a year, when he signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in January of 1979. The contract was for $5 million over five years.
the first baseball game to gross a million dollars was the Yankee's versus the braves in 1965
Mike Schmidt was baseball's first 2 million dollar man, signing a 4-year contract after the 1983 season for $2.1 million per year.
Nolan Ryan was the first MLB player, at any position, to sign a contract that paid $1 million a year -- doing so in 1979.
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The first MLB player to earn $1 million per year was Nolan Ryan in 1979. I haven't been able to find the NBA & NFL players as of yet.
On November 19, 1979, Nolan Ryan became the first player to sign a contract for more than a million dollars per year. Richard Moss, Ryan's agent, helped negotiate a 4-year, $4.5 million dollar contract for the future Hall of Famer, making him the highest paid player at the time. Although most people would say the above answer is the official first one million dollar a year player, in actuality Pittsburgh Pirate Dave Parker was the first player to make one million dollars a year signing the contract a year prior to Nolan Ryan. The reason he isn't commonly cited as so is because the Pirates worded the contract in a way to make it look like he was making that much because they didn't want to be known as the first team to pay a player one million dollars a year
Moses Malona in 1978-79
Moses Malone in the 1978-79 season
the first ball player to be paid one hundrd thousand dollars per year was hank greenberg
Nolan Ryan signed a 4 year, $4.4 million contract as a free agent in November, 1979. Ryan spent the 1979 season with the Angels. Then signed with the Astros in 1980.
Shirley Temple was the first kid to make a million dollars.
Bobby Hull 1972 signed by the Jets of the WHA