The Yankees star claims his only pennant1981 New York Yankees American League Championship Ring Presented to Bobby Murcer. The mighty Yankees claimed three American League and two World Championships during Murcer's five-season absence from the Bronx in the midst of his seventeen-season Major League career, but the star outfielder was finally able to participate in October play during his fifteenth year in the Bigs. A fierce Los Angeles Dodgers team sank the Yankee Clipper ship in four games however, establishing this important relic as the high-water mark of Murcer's pinstriped career.
This rare player's ring is the first of its kind to reach the hobby's major auction block since Goose Gossage's commanded just short of $17,000 in 2013, one of only two authentic examples to appear in the 21st century. Real diamonds form the classic "NY" logo on the ring face, set into a large blue stone encircled by the words "Yankees American League Champions." Left shank provides a remarkably detailed Yankee Stadium in miniature, framed by the year "1981" and the word "Tradition." Right shank offers the bat and hat team logo between "Murcer" and "Pride."
Interior band is stamped "Balfour 10K" and measures to a size nine (9). Proud wear is evident, but the ring still presents very well. Weight is thirty grams (30g.). Letter of provenance from Murcer family.
The Bobby Murcer Collection
Hailed as "the next Mickey Mantle" as he was introduced to the New York Yankees fan base in the mid-1960's, Bobby Murcer came to that association in more ways than simply his elite early talent. Born and raised in the Commerce Comet's home state of Oklahoma, Murcer was discovered by scout Tom Greenwade, the same man who had unearthed the Mick in Baxter Springs, Kansas. And, like Mantle, he made the switch from shortstop in his early years to the vast expanse of Yankee Stadium's center field in pinstripes.
While Murcer did not ultimately join his boyhood hero in the upper reaches of the sport's pantheon, he was successful in becoming one of the most beloved figures of his Bronx era, slugging a game-winning homer for his first Major League hit in 1965, and sharing an outfield with the legend on Mickey Mantle Day the same year, a contest he would later describe as the greatest thrill of his career. In June 1970, he would join Lou Gehrig, Johnny Blanchard and Mantle as the only Yankees to hit home runs in four consecutive at-bats.
Today, Murcer is best remembered for his heroic performance in the face of tragedy, winning the first Yankees game after the funeral of his teammate and dear friend Thurman Munson nearly single-handedly, clubbing a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and a walk-off two-run single in the bottom of the ninth to drive in every Yankee run in the five-to-four victory over the Baltimore Orioles on August 6, 1979.
Murcer's association with the New York Yankees franchise continued on after his retirement as a player, both in management and as a hitting coach before finding a home behind the broadcasting mike, where he would earn a new generation of fans during nearly two decades on the air. He became even more active in his philanthropic pursuits during his retirement before the tragic diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor shocked the baseball world. After a brave eighteen-month battle, Murcer passed away in July of 2008.
Commissioner Bud Selig eulogized, "All of Major League Baseball is saddened today by the passing of Bobby Murcer, particularly on the eve of this historic All-Star game at Yankee Stadium, a place he called home for so many years. Bobby was a gentleman, a great ambassador for baseball, and a true leader both on and off the field. He was a man of great heart and compassion."
We are honored for the opportunity to celebrate Mr. Murcer's noble life of service and achievement upon the pages that follow. All lots will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from his son Todd.
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