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Only known ring from 1919 Black Sox World Series is surprisingly affordable

Reds manager Pat Moran’s ring can be yours for less than $34K.

If you’ve got an extra $33,500 lying around, well, sure, you can spend it on a car or put a down payment on a house. But lots of people have cars and houses, and no one in the world (at least as far as we know) has a 1919 World Series ring. Check this out, from the auctioneers at

Pat Moran’s 1919 World Series Ring was presented to him as manager of the Cincinnati Reds team that “beat” the infamous Chicago Black Sox…. Rings such as this gem are rarest of all. In fact, the same style ring belonged to both Johnny Evers & Rabbit Maranville for their part in the 1914 Miracle Boston Braves’ World Championship. Rings were considered effeminate in this era, hence the rarity. However it is fitting that the manager, the center of the team, would receive a ring.This beautiful piece of jewelr??y is engraved to P.J. Moran on the inside face and is stamped F.H.Co 14K, while the band is marked 10k.

OK, a couple of things: First, apparently less than a century ago, the stigma against male jewelry was stronger than the desire to wear something commemorating a feat as awesome as a professional sports championship.

“Hey Hod Eller, you threw 16 complete games this season and finished with a 2.39 ERA. You not only beat the White Sox twice in the World Series, you beat the still-existent odds of getting smallpox and yellow fever and countless other turn-of-the-century maladies. How about a ring to celebrate the accomplishments?”

“No way, partner. Rings are for ladies!”

Second, Moran and the 1919 world champion Reds definitely get history’s short-shrift. Everyone knows of their victory only because of the gambling scandal surrounding the White Sox’ loss, when meanwhile the Reds ran away with the National League that season and could easily have beaten the Sox on merit even if  the underworld never became involved.

The ring’s got a pretty good story itself:

This came from family member John Moran, who gave it to his milkman in the town where Pat Moran was born: West Fitchburg, Massachusetts. It has been in the possession of the “milkman’s” son, who has had it for 50 years.

Did you grow up in Worcester County, Mass. wondering why your local milkman looked like a total baller? Here’s your answer: A one-of-a-kind 1919 World Series ring.

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