This is a list of objects in no particular order that define baseball’s history. They will encompass the entire history of the game up until 1994(The year they took the game away) and will be chosen due to their importance to the game, the fans, and me. I hope you enjoy the ride.
#19- The Championship Ring
When it comes down to it, most professional athletes will tell you it’s all about the Ring, the Championship Ring. We all know it’s really about the money, but for the sake of this post we’ll go along with them.
When did the ring become the tradition in baseball? When did the Championship Ring become the yearly Yankee tradition? (Sorry, Yankee bias showing.)
Initially in the 19th Century the Champions would get a lapel pin, or a medal, or sometimes it would be a pocket watch or a pocket watch fob. When the World Series started in 1903 that tradition continued. In 1914 the Miracle Braves broke with that tradition and issued the 1st World Series ring.
1914 Boston Braves Championship Ring
It simply states World’s Champions 1914. It’s obviously made of gold, and has a single diamond placed inside a baseball diamond. Johnny Evers and Rabbit Maranville would have looked pretty cool wearing this ring.
Like most traditions this whole ring thing didn’t catch on right away. The 1915 and 1916 Red Sox went back to a medallion, and it wasn’t until the 1922 Ny Giants that the next Championship ring was issued. The 1923 Yankees, just to be different, went with the pocket watch.
The 1926 Cardinals issued Championship rings after defeating the NY Yankees, and since then every Championship has been commemorated with a ring.
The 1926 St Louis Cardinals Championship Ring.
The World Series Championship ring is the ultimate baseball object, the goal of every Little League ball player. Here’s hoping today’s Major League ball player still feels the same.
Check out World Series Rings.net for photos of every World Series ring.
Check out objects 1-18 HERE