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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.

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Nolan Ryan in the 70s got 1 million. In now days would get about 50 M like A-rod back in his old days.

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