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Lot 182: The Only 1919 World Series Ring Known
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Auction Date:6/28/2013 9:00 PM EST
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. Shown here is a photo of Moran right before he died, wearing this very ring. This came 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 50 years. NRMT condition with original diamond. It has never previously sold and fresh to the market. Moran came up as a catcher for his hometown Boston Beaneaters (now Red Sox) in 1901 and carved out a rather respectable 14-year career behind the plate with Boston, the Cubs and Phillies, with whom he concluded his career in 1914.
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