Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Only known ring from infamous 1919 World Series up for sale


The only known championship ring from the 1919 World Series is currently up for auction. And it formerly belonged to Reds skipper Pat Moran.

Here is a brief description of the rare piece of jewelry:

Pat Moran's 1919 World Series Ring was presented to him as manager of the Cincinnati Reds team that "beat" the infamous Chicago Black Sox. This is the same oak leaf clustered design as other awards presented for World Series in the teens. However, most of these were pins and stickpins (Edd Roush, 1919). Rings such as this gem are rarest of all. In fact, the same style ring belonged to both Johnny Evers & Rabbit Maranville for their part in the 1914 Miracle Boston Braves' World Championship. Rings were considered effeminate in this era, hence the rarity. However it is fitting that the manager, the center of the team, would receive a ring.This beautiful piece of jewelry is engraved to P.J. Moran on the inside face and is stamped F.H.Co 14K, while the band is marked 10k.

In October 1919, the Reds and White Sox partook in arguably the most controversial World Series in Major League Baseball history. The Reds prevailed in the best-of-nine format by a tally of 5-3, however, the series is remembered more for the Black Sox Scandal, which involved eight players from Chicago intentionally throwing the title in exchange for money from gamblers.

The ring comes from family member John Moran, who gave it to his milkman in the town where Pat Moran was born: West Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It has been in the possession of the “milkman’s” son, who has had it for the last 50 years.

The current bid at the time of this writing stands at approximately $33,275 and prospective buyers have until Friday, June 28 at 9:00 p.m. to submit their bid. This is the precise time in which the auction will come to a close.

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