Description1954 New York Giants World Championship Ring Presented to Sal Maglie. They called him "Sal the Barber" because he loved to pitch hard and inside, giving opposing batters "a close shave." During the last great New York Giants era in the early 1950's, Maglie was the team's most dependable ace, leading the National League with twenty-three victories during the National League Championship season of 1951, and posting an impressive fourteen and six record the season he claimed this symbol of baseball's highest achievement.
The Giants were prohibitive underdogs coming into the 1954 World Series against a Cleveland Indians team that had dominated the American League to the tune of 111-43, the highest regular season winning percentage (.721) since Honus Wagner was frustrating tobacco card printers as a member of the 1909 Pirates. But Maglie got the Game One start, leaving the game in the seventh inning knotted at two with Indians Hall of Famer Bob Lemon. Willie Mays' famous "Catch" with two Maglie runners on base saved the no-decision and set up Dusty Rhodes' walk-off heroics in the tenth. The Giants would ultimately sweep in four, necessitating the production of rings like this one.
"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 "Sal Maglie," sharing space with "Balfour 14k" stamping. Ring shows the signs of proud wear but the detailing remains sharp, with all text and symbolism easy to discern. Size ten. Just the second 1954 Giants ring we've handled, the first (Hoyt Wilhelm's) commanding $33,460 in our August 2010 Platinum Night auction.
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