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Through The Years: Top Baseball Salaries

Calvin Johnson and Prince Fielder’s mega-million-dollar deals with Detroit sports teams made mega-headlines recently. And if it seems like prices for serious players are skyrocketing — you’re right.

Hour Detroit Magazine compiled a list of the top Detroit Tigers salaries from 1901 to 2012. And the numbers? Let’s just say they’re eye-opening. Check the list below and let us know — are today’s players worth the dough? And while you’re at it check the difference between Cecil Fielder’s top salary in 1995 and his son Prince Fielder’s jaw-dropping numbers 17 years later.

TOP TIGERS SALARIES

1901: $3,000, Jimmy Barrett

1910: $9,000, Ty Cobb

1925: $50,000 Ty Cobb

1947: $65,000, Hal Newhouser

1957: $32,000, Harvey Kuehn

1963: $54,000, Rocky Colavito

1972: $120,000, Frank Howard

1973: $100,000, Al Kaline

1973: $100,000, Mickey Lolich

1976: $145,000, Rusty Staub

1980: $210,000, Steve Kemp

1984: $875,000, Jack Morris

1985: $1.1 million, Darrell Evans

1990: $2.1 million, Jack Morris

1995: $9.2 million, Cecil Fielder

2003: $11.9 million Bobby Higginson

2009: $19 million, Magglion Ordonez

2012: $23 million, Prince Fielder

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