Five Thousand dollars was a lot of money back in 1887. Baseball players in that era and into the 1900s, couldn’t have imagined the salaries of the professional baseball players of today.
Worcester Daily Spy, Tuesday, July 19, 1887, Page One
After John Ward
Pittsburg, July 18 – The Pittsburg Base Ball Club is anxious to secure John Ward of the New Yorks to captain their team. President Nimick wired President Day this afternoon, offering him $5,000 for Ward’s release. It is understood that the Pittsburgs are willing to trade Barkley for Ward and will give $1000 into the bargain if the New York management refuses the cash offer made today.