Hall of Fame hardware from the first World Series Championship in Cardinals franchise history!1926 St. Louis Cardinals World Championship Ring Presented to Billy Southworth. He wears a Cardinals cap on the bronze plaque that was hung in Cooperstown in 2008, a team he skippered to three consecutive pennants, two World Championships and a lofty .642 winning percentage, but his first taste of glory in St. Louis is represented by the offered lot. Southworth was a thirty-three year old right fielder when the Cards claimed the National League pennant by two games to earn a meeting with the mighty New York Yankees in October 1926. It would be the first time since the birth of the modern World Series in 1903 that St. Louis would compete for the sport's highest honor, and the birds did not waste the opportunity.
The Series would require its full breadth of seven games to crown its Champion, the winner-take-all finale remaining one of the most memorable Game Sevens in over a century of Fall Classic history. Herb Pennock was brilliant for the Yankees, but a Mark Koenig error resulted in three unearned runs for the Cardinals in the fourth, their only fruitful offensive production of the day. Ruth's solo shot in the third and a Hank Severeid RBI double in the sixth made it a three-to-two contest going into the bottom of the seventh inning, when Haines found himself facing the dangerous Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded and two outs.
And so the stage was set for the third Hall of Fame pitcher of the game, a purportedly drunk Grover Cleveland Alexander who came on in relief and ended the threat with one of the most famous strikeouts in baseball history. The Yanks would go down in order in the eighth, and Babe Ruth would play the unlikely role of goat in the ninth, caught stealing second to record the last out of the 1926 season and knot the World Championship tally between these two elite baseball franchises at one.
Presented is one of the most significant awards ever to emerge from the bulging trophy case of the second-most decorated team in the Majors, worn proudly but sparingly by a man enshrined in both the Baseball and St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame. The delicate fourteen (14) karat gold construction has left the few other 1926 examples to surface in the hobby missing most of its detailing, but here the design is sharp, from the "St. Louis Cardinals World Champions 1926" text on the face to the classic birds and bat logo at each shank. A genuine diamond is set at center of the face, and interior band is artfully engraved, "Presented to Wm. H. Southworth by Base Ball Commissioner." Size eleven (11).
Joining elite significance and pristine condition is the final jewel of ironclad provenance, as the gorgeous ring is accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from Carole Southworth Watson, Billy's daughter. Letter of provenance from daughter of Billy Southworth.
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