Important relic from Jackie Robinson's debut season!1947 Brooklyn Dodgers National League Championship Ring Presented to Buzzie Bavasi. Though the accolades for integrating Major League Baseball are most commonly (and properly) bestowed upon Branch Rickey for his bravery in bringing Jackie Robinson into the Brooklyn Dodgers fold, it would be an oversight to exclude the original owner of this ring from recognition. Upon Bavasi's return from WWII service as a machine gunner in 1945, Rickey hired him to become business manager of a new farm club in the New England League, and to scout for a hometown for the team. Understanding that racial integration was on the horizon, Bavasi wisely chose Nashua, NH for the club, a location that would assure a primarily French-Canadian fan base that would be more receptive to the
policy. While this kept ugly incidents to a minimum, Bavasi famously responded to racial epithets hurled by members of the Lynn Red Sox toward Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe in 1946 with a challenge to fight in the Holman Stadium parking lot. Bavasi's advocacy of African-American players in those dangerous early years was instrumental in curing the game of its greatest shortcoming.
So the presented Bavasi artifact carries particular historical importance as the first League Championship ring ever earned by an integrated team, a key symbol of the realization of a noble dream. Bavasi would ultimately replace Branch Rickey as general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951, but he was still building the foundation of the club in the minors during the 1947 campaign. We stress that the ring is identical in every regard to those earned by Robinson, Reese and Snider that groundbreaking season. A real diamond is set into a blue stone on the face, encircled by raised text announcing "Brooklyn Baseball Club." Each shank features a blue embossed Dodgers logo. Interior band is stamped "Murchison Newark 14K" and engraved "E.J. Bavasi."
The ring comes to us directly from the grandson of Bavasi with his letter of provenance, and survives in remarkably fine condition with no condition issues of note. Size is nine and a half. Letter of provenance from grandson of Buzzie Bavasi. LOA from PSA/DNA.
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