First Million Dollar NBA Player
The first $1 million salary for one year was Moses Malone in the 1978-79 season. He was paid exactly $1 million. This was when Bird and Magic were the two best players in college and Jordan was in high school. In the mid-70s, top players like Julius Erving and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were making between $300,000 and $700,000 per year.
Maravich never signed for $1 million per year. He signed a multi-year deal for $1.6 million total. The year Magic and Bird got to the league (1979/80), only 12 players made $500,000 or more.
Malone was the only $1 million player. Kareem was next with $825,000. Others were (in order): David Thompson (750), Larry Bird (650), Marvin Webster and George Gervin (600), Julius Erving (580), Bob McAddo (525), and Magic, Bob Lanier, Norm Nixon, and George McGinnis (all 500).
Bruce Matthews signed to the Houston Oilers as a 9th round draft pick in 1983 at the age of 22 for a 1,000,000 dollar salary.
First with a base salary of $1 mil: Bruce Matthews, 1983. First with a signing bonus of $1 mil: Johnny Jones, 1980.
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The first player in the NFL to have a base salary of $1 million was Bruce Matthews, who played for the Houston Oilers. The first NFL player to have a signing bonus of $1 million was Johnny Lam Jones who played for the New York Jets.
Moses Malona in 1978-79
Moses Malone in the 1978-79 season
Nolan Ryan was the first player to earn an annual salary above $1 million, signing a $4.5 million, 4-year contract with the Houston Astros in 1979.
Shirley Temple was the first kid to make a million dollars.
Mickey Mantle never made one million dollars in one year playing baseball. He made one million Dollars over his last 12 seasons. His Highest salary was $100,000. which he earned each year from 1963 - 1968. He made $5,000. his rookie year, and by his 6th year in 1956 he was making $30,000. Back in the 1960's $100,000. was a top salary in the Major Leagues. Mantle did make a lot of money through player endorsements.
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.