Cost of “12 Days of Christmas” – 2017 Baseball Edition

Perhaps you’ve seen the article each year where they cost out what you’d have to spend to give your beloved each of the items mentioned in “The 12 Days of Christmas“.

Last year, I thought it would be cool to see if we could come up with the baseball equivalent of this, using ballplayer names.  I had to estimate a couple of salaries for some old-time players, but otherwise I took the 2016 equivalent of the player’s highest salary.  I also included a “John Adams”, who is the drummer perched in the last row of the outfield bleachers that you always hear at Indians games.

Last year you would have had to have spent approximately $55.8 million to celebrate the twelve days.  That cost rose in 2017 to just under $58.3 million, as follows:

Day’s item Player Base QTY Total Note
A Partridge in a Pear Tree Jay Partridge $42,528 1 $42,528 2017 dollars of est. 1927 sal. ($3,000)
2 Turtle Doves Dennis Dove $535,000 2 $1,070,000 Based on minimum salary 2017 ($535,000)
3 French Hens Sean Henn $574,873 3 $1,724,619 2017 dollars of 2009 salary ($500,000)
4 Calling Birds Greg Bird $545,500 4 $2,182,000 2017 salary ($545,500)
5 Gold Rings Royce Ring $455,398 5 $2,276,990 2017 dollars of 2008 salary ($397,500)
6 Geese a-Laying Goose Gossage $3,927,657 6 $23,565,942 2017 dollars of 1985 salary ($1,713,333)
7 Swans a-Swimming Craig Swan $1,804,272 7 $12,629,904 2017 dollars of 1984 salary ($760,000)
8 Maids a-Milking Jim Turner (Milkman Jim) $77,082 8 $616,656 2017 dollars of 1944 salary ($5,500)
9 Ladies Dancing Lady Baldwin $49,840 9 $448,560 2017 dollars of 1886 salary ($2,000)
10 Lords a-Leaping Bris Lord $37,373 10 $373,730 2017 dollars of est. 1913 sal. ($1,500)
11 Pipers Piping Sam Horn $1,208,701 11 $13,295,711 2017 dollars of 1992 salary ($687,500)
12 Drummers Drumming John Adams (Indians drummer) $4,212 12 $50,544 $13 ticket * 4 seats * 81 games sec 181/183 row y seat 26-29
$58,277,184

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