The very first MLB Championship ring, consigned by the Meusel family!1922 Emil "Irish" Meusel New York Giants World Series Championship Ring. In a batting order featuring four future Hall of Famers--George Kelly, Ross Youngs, Dave Bancroft and Casey Stengel--it was Irish Meusel that served as the greatest offensive threat of this World Championship squad, his 132 runs batted in second only to Rogers Hornsby in the entirety of the Senior Circuit. For the second season in a row, the World Series was confined to a single stadium, the venerable old Polo Grounds that served as home field for both the Giants and the American League Champion Yankees.
Beyond Big Apple and Major League bragging rights, the Series represented another taste of sibling rivalry for Irish, whose brother Bob shared an outfield with the great Babe Ruth in the early 1920's. The younger Meusel would ultimately enjoy three World Championships with the Yankees, but big brother showed no mercy in this 1922 edition, helping lead the Giants to a four-game sweep to close out the Yanks' Polo Grounds residency.
Here we present the official hardware for that historic Subway Series, a relic that stands in baseball history as the first Championship ring ever issued. The jewelry has now become synonymous with the pinnacle of achievement in all major American sports, but pendants and pocket watches had been the tradition until this important deviation. A genuine diamond adorns the face, set at center of an intricately crafted baseball diamond in miniature. Left shank announces, "Giants World's," with that text finalized in a "Champions 1922" on right shank. Figural glove, bats and ball complete the design. Interior band bears the maker's mark of esteemed jeweler Dieges & Clust, reading, "D&C 14K." Artfully engraved just below is "Emil Meusel." Band measures to a size eleven and a half.
The ring exhibits a degree of proud wear but the design details remain strong with the occasional smoothed edge. It makes its hobby debut within this Platinum Night Auction, consigned by the Meusel family with their letter of provenance. Letter of provenance from Meusel family.
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