Philadelphia Inquirer - February 6, 1980
It’s called inflation
Pete Rose of the Phillies does not resent the big salaries of today's younger athletes. But he is quick to point out how long it took him to become an $800,000-a-year man. "I know the buck isn't what it used to be, but do you realize I had to put in seven big years to reach six figures," Rose told Si Burick of the Dayton Daily News. Rose said he reached six-figure class after five straight .300 seasons, two batting titles and four 200-hit years. "Now, I hope young guys-like (Cincinnati Reds) Ray Knight and Dave Collins get a hatful when or if they go to arbitration over their $100,000 demands, but it does make a guy think of how tough it was to get there a few years ago," Rose observed.