Salary Discrimination in Major League Baseball: The Effect of Race

in Sociology of Sport Journal
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Using data on the salaries of 212 nonpitchers appearing in team lineups on major league baseball’s 1977 Opening Day, this article explores how rewards to veteran professionals are influenced by race. Multiple regression analyses and separate comparisons of regression coefficients for returns to performances by blacks and by whites reveal a single indication of salary discrimination against blacks. White infielders are apparently paid more for each home run they hit than are their black counterparts.

Direct all correspondence to Kevin J. Christiano, Dept. of Sociology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
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