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    The Yankees get the last laugh after poaching the Dodgers' coaching staff

    1947 New York Yankees World Series Championship Ring Presented to Red Corridon. If the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers shared an uneasy shared tenancy within the Big Apple sporting realm, the raiding of the Bums' coaching staff prior to the 1947 did nothing to improve relations. After poaching Chuck Dressen and Red Corriden from the Ebbets Field clubhouse, Yankee president Larry MacPhail found himself named in a scathing Brooklyn Eagle newspaper column penned by Dodgers manager Leo Durocher claiming MacPhail had consorted with gamblers, a charge that MacPhail volleyed back at his accuser.

    Ultimately the Yankees had the last laugh, as Durocher was suspended for the 1947 season, later adding insult to injury with a Fall Classic defeat of the Dodgers to earn rings such as the example presesented here.

    This is Corriden's personal model, a glimmering symbol of achievement that assured he'd never again be welcome in Brooklyn. A genuine diamond is set into the face at center of a figural baseball diamond and an oval of raised text reporting, "New York Yankees World Champions." Each shank announces the "1947" vintage above the soaring bald eagle logo. Interior band measures to a size ten and a half (10.5) and is artfully engraved with text reading, "Presented by Baseball Commissioner to Red Corriden." Proud wear is evident, but all text is still quite readily legible. The Dieges & Clust jewelers creation is crafted from fourteen karat (14K) gold with a forty-five point (45 pt.) diamond.

    Though the Yankees would resist racial integration until the signing of Elston Howard in 1950, there's no question that any Major League artifact dating to 1947 carries particular historical importance. With Corriden's uncomfortable residence at the very heart of the Dodgers/Yankees feud, this is a piece that remembers that paradigm-shifting age better than most.

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