Enjoying a $2 Teen Burger

Enjoying a $2 Teen Burger at A&W thanks to the Toronto Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs Bobby Baun vs Mitch Marner

Bobby Baun
On April 23, 1964, having fractured his ankle earlier in the game, he returned in overtime and scored the game-winning goal to even the best-of-seven series at 3-3. The Leafs won the next game 4–0 to secure their third consecutive Stanley Cup championship.

Mitch Marner
On March 14, 2024, having sprained his ankle left the game. And he missed the next 6 games and counting.

Baun earned $50,000 per season in 1964 (value of $500,500 in 2024), an era of no salary cap. Marner gets $8M per season.

Maybe this isn’t a fair comparison. Maybe it doesn’t really compare apples to apples so to speak. But I think it does illustrate one difference in professional hockey from today to 60 years ago. Personally, I feel players in that era were tougher, certainly less pampered, than many of today’s players.

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