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1977 Baseball Payrolls

This is a team-by-team payroll listings for the 1977 season. The league per-player average was $75,007 and the average team payroll was $1,878,087. You can also view figures for 1976 or 1978. Other financial information is available for many seasons using the tool on the right.

1 Philadelphia Phillies  $139,916   $3,497,900 
2 New York Yankees  $138,973   $3,474,325 
3 Cincinnati Reds  $110,392   $2,759,800 
4 Pittsburgh Pirates  $99,419   $2,485,475 
5 Los Angeles Dodgers  $97,788   $2,444,700 
6 California Angels  $96,602   $2,415,050 
7 Kansas City Royals  $95,962   $2,399,050 
8 San Francisco Giants  $88,180   $2,204,500 
9 Texas Rangers  $83,993   $2,099,825 
10 Boston Red Sox  $76,294   $1,907,350 
11 San Diego Padres  $73,860   $1,846,500 
12 St. Louis Cardinals  $71,315   $1,782,675 
13 Baltimore Orioles  $70,960   $1,774,800 
14 Chicago Cubs  $69,018   $1,725,450 
15 Cleveland Indians  $68,784   $1,719,600 
16 Atlanta Braves  $68,567   $1,714,175 
17 Montreal Expos  $65,823   $1,645,575 
18 Chicago White Sox  $65,220   $1,630,500 
19 New York Mets  $58,792   $1,469,800 
20 Houston Astros  $55,973   $1,399,325 
21 Milwaukee Brewers  $51,435   $1,360,875 
22 Detroit Tigers  $46,665   $1,166,625 
23 Oakland Athletics  $45,700   $1,142,500 
24 Seattle Mariners  $38,161   $954,025 
25 Minnesota Twins  $38,074   $951,850 
26 Toronto Blue Jays  $34,320   $858,000 
Source: The Sporting News 1978 Baseball Guide.

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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