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    1954 Hoyt Wilhelm New York Giants World Championship Ring. Twenty-nine years old when he debuted as a rookie with the 1952 New York Giants, Hoyt Wilhelm delivered a home run shot in his first career plate appearance and then never hit another for the remainder of his twenty-one season career. But it wasn't his bat that paved his path to the Hall of Fame, but rather one of the most untamable knuckleballs ever unleashed upon the Major Leagues. Wilhelm would go fifteen and three that first season, leading the National League in winning percentage, a feat he would repeat with a twelve and four record for 1954, the season he earned this ring as a member of the World Champion New York Giants.

    The gorgeous symbol of baseball's highest team achievement is one of just a tiny supply to reach the auction block from the 1954 Giants, which stunned the sporting world with a sweep of the heavily-favored Cleveland Indians which came into the Series having won 111 games. "World Champions 1954" is announced at the edges of the ring's face, where a half-carat genuine brilliant-cut diamond rests at center. The left shank features the team logo and "1954" year, while the right features a miniature Polo Grounds and another announcement of the year of glory. Clearly engraved within the band is "Hoyt Wilhelm," sharing space with "Balfour 14k" stamping.

    The ring survives in splendid, undamaged condition and measures to a size 11.5, with a gross weight of just over thirty-three grams.


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    August, 2010
    5th Thursday
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