About the car price sentence: In 1954 my uncle bought the cheapest Chevy car (no chrome trim) and he paid $1800.00.
About the baseball players getting $50,000; Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams were in the $100,000 category by then, I believe.
I can"t prove it right now, but I think some of that data is in error.
But it makes for great reading, if not all factual.
LA in WI