Charlie Hustle gets his first taste of Fall Classic action1970 Cincinnati Reds National League Championship Ring Presented to Pete Rose. There's arguably never been a more competitive ballplayer than Pete Rose, a factor that very well may have figured in to his decision to make a gift of this ring to teammate Tommy Helms. For the all-time Hit King, it was always all or nothing, and if he couldn't win the World Series, even a National League Championship ring seemed like a symbol of failure, a consolation prize that did nothing to console. Only a man like this would have been able to reel in the legendary Ty Cobb, who himself knew a thing or two about single-minded determination.
As such, the mere availability in the collecting hobby of this primary memento of Pete Rose's first World Series appearance is as fitting a tribute to the man as any that exists, tangible evidence of the impossibly high standards he set for himself, and ultimately met. World Championship glory would come--Rose would make sure of that--and his mid-70's Big Red Machine endures as one of the greatest assemblies ever to inhabit a Major League dugout. This stumble in 1970 was nothing other than a stepping stone en route to the only acceptable outcome.
A large, genuine diamond is set into a red stone on the face of this important relic, with bold text reporting, "1970 Cincinnati Reds N.L. Champions" at the perimeter. Left shank pictures the newly constructed Riverfront Stadium in miniature above text worn smooth over the passage of years. We suspect, due to the resizing to a diminutive eight (8), and the sharp detailing of the right shank, that the ring was worn on the pinky by Helms, confining the wear to only one shank. The right features the team logo and text reporting, "Rose, RF, 14, The Big Red Machine." Stamping at interior band has been lost to resizing, but the ring tests to fourteen karat (14K) white gold.
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