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By Patrick Mondout

BaseballChronology.com has a wealth (pun intended) of information relating the economics of baseball. This includes attendances figures for every Major League season since 1871, all movements of franchises - with before and after attendance figures - from 1901 to the present, payrolls for some seasons between 1929 and 1956 plus 1977 to the present, individual salaries from 1985 to 2004, fancosts from 1991 to the present, valuations from 1990 on, lists of yearly free agent filings since 1976, and revenues/expenses per team since 1990. Most of this information is already on the yearly team pages (1996 Baltimore Orioles or 1929 New York Yankees, for example), but you can also access it on a yearly MLB-wide basis as well:

Attendance (for all Major Leagues from 1871 forward except 1915 FL)
Fancosts (1991 to the 2006)
Franchise Movements (from 1901 to the present)
Franchise Valuations (1990 to 2005)
Free Agents (1976 to 2005)
Payrolls (1916 and some years between 1929-1956; all between 1976 and 2006).
Revenues/Expenses (1990 to 2005)
Salaries, Individual by Team (1985 to 2005)

The top right of all of these pages have a navigation tool (labeled MLB Financials by Year) to make it easy to view all of this information.

See also: Is the Base-Ball Player a Chattel? by J.M. Ward (1887)

Information on where the information came from is on each page, but you can also check our credits. Much of the work of compiling this information was by Rodney Fort, who has an excellent site full of such data.

Baseball Economics sources/bibliography:
Business of Baseball, The by Albert Powers
Baseball, Inc.: The National Pastime As Big Business by Frank P. Jozsa Jr.
Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Big Business of Our National Pastime by Andrew Zimbalist
Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball's Winningest GM by John Schuerholz
Free Agency and Competitive Balance in Baseball by Ronald W. Cox
The Formation, Sometimes Absorption and Mostly Inevitable Demise of 18 Professional Baseball Organizations, 1871 to Present by David Pietrusza.
Getting in the Game: Inside Baseball's Winter Meetings by Josh Lewin
State of Baseball Management: Decision-Making in the Best and Worst Teams, 1993-2003 by Scott Barzilla
In the Best Interests of Baseball? The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig by Andrew Zimbalist
May the Best Team Win: Baseball Economics and Public Policy, by Andrew Zimbalist
The Inside Pitch ... and More: Baseball's Business and the Public Trust by Gene A. Budig
Early Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1825-1908 by Dean A. Sullivan.
Middle Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball, 1900-1948 by Dean A. Sullivan.
Late Innings: A Documentary History of Baseball 1945-1972 by Dean A. Sullivan
Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia by John Thorn, et al.


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