With notarized letter of provenance from Figueroa1978 New York Yankees World Series Championship Ring Presented to Pitcher Ed Figueroa. Hopes for a successful defense of the Yankees' 1977 World Championship were nearly extinguished by the time the All-Star break rolled around in 1978, and more than one finger of blame among the fans and sportswriters of New York City were pointed at Figueroa. He had been mediocre at best in the season's first half, posting a 7-7 record and an earned run average of 3.91 as the hated Boston Red Sox extended their lead in the American League East to a seemingly insurmountable fourteen games.
But as Figueroa took the mound against the Minnesota Twins on July 19, 1978, the struggling right-hander suddenly returned to the form that had made him a Cy Young contender two seasons earlier, throwing a complete game shutout for the first of his thirteen victories to close out the season, against only two defeats. That remarkable surge would prove to be crucial in setting up a single-game playoff with the Red Sox to claim a playoff berth, an event that would earn Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent a new and profane middle name among the stunned populace of New England.
Figueroa would yet again enter the Cy Young conversation at the close of the year, having trimmed his ERA to below three while winning twenty games to earn the honor of starting the opening game of the 1978 Fall Classic. Though he would stumble in that Dodger Stadium contest, the Yankees would yet again take the Series in six games, setting this special hardware into production.
A large, genuine diamond punctuates the greatest underdog tale in Bronx history, set into a blue stone encircled by twenty-two smaller diamonds, each symbolizing a season of franchise glory. "World Champions" trumpets from the edges. Left shank provides a team logo with imagery of the Yankee Stadium facade and the World Series trophy, while right shank identies the honoree by surname and jersey number with the classic "NY" logo and "Pride, Tradition" text. Interior band measures to a size nine and a half (9.5) and is engraved with text reading, "Greatest Comeback in History." Stamped "LGB 14K." Total weight is twenty-eight grams (28 g.). Minimal wear evident. Notarized letter of provenance from Ed Figueroa.
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