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1945 Detroit Tigers World Championship Ring Presented to Eddie Mayo....

2013 February 23 - 24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070

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Auction Ended On: Feb 23, 2013
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

Consigned by the son of The Sporting News MVP
1945 Detroit Tigers World Championship Ring Presented to Eddie Mayo. The team may be best remembered for its Hall of Fame tandem of Hank Greenberg and Hal Newhouser, but the man who earned this ring at the close of the 1945 season was the primary engine of the Motor City's World Championship realization. Newhouser himself called Mayo the 'take charge' guy on the team. He exhibited extraordinary range in the field, and he led all AL second basemen with a .980 fielding percentage. Offensively, Mayo would post career highs in just about every noteworthy metric, leading the Tigers with a .285 batting average and clubbing ten homers and 24 doubles en route to the AL pennant. The Sporting News MVP Award for 1945 awaited him at the finish.

Mayo's brilliance continued in the Fall Classic showdown with the Chicago Cubs, notching seven hits, three walks, four runs, two RBI's and a .323 on base percentage. Mayo went two-for-five in the decisive game seven, driving in one and scoring twice in the nine to three victory to earn the ring presented here.

Two real diamonds adorn the face of the elegant Championship prize, with the words "Detroit Tigers World Champions" lining the four sides of the bezel. The left shank exhibits crossed bats and ball imagery with Mayo's "EM" monogram, and the right features a miniature globe wearing a crown, a symbol of the World Championship. Interior band is stamped "10K" and elegantly engraved, "Presented to E. Mayo." The ring shows loving wear that has smoothed somewhat the sharp detailing of the ring--Edward Mayo, Jr.'s letter of provenance states, "My father wore the 1945 World Series championship ring every day of his life"--but it still presents beautifully and loses none of its historical appeal. Notarized letter of provenance from Edward Mayo, Jr.

1945 Detroit Tigers World Championship Ring Presented to Eddie Mayo.

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