A Reexamination of Salary Discrimination in Major League Baseball by Race/Ethnicity

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Dean A. Purdy Bowling Green State University

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Wilbert M. Leonard II Illinois State University

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D. Stanley Eitzen Colorado State University

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This paper extends previous research examining salary differentials by race/ethnicity in major league baseball. Our analysis adds to previous research by using career statistics for both hitters and pitchers, and, for the pitcher category, both starters and relievers. We also examined race/ethnicity two ways: (a) according to the standard three categories of white, black, and Hispanic and (b) according to five categories—white, black U.S. born, black foreign born, Hispanic U.S. born, and Hispanic foreign born. Using analysis of variance and regression analysis we found that race/ethnicity did not play a statistically significant role in salary determination, no matter how race/ethnicity was coded.

Dean A. Purdy is with the Department of Sociology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403. Wilbert M. Leonard, II, is with the Department of Sociology, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61761-6901. D. Stanley Eitzen is with the Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Coffins, CO 80523.

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