St. Louis Cardinals World Series ring issued to longtime coach Clyde "Buzzy" Wares in commemoration of the club's 1946 World Championship over the Boston Red Sox. This appears to be one of the rarest of all postwar World Series rings. Not only is it the first example we have ever offered, but the first we can recall having seen at auction (aside from a single salesman's sample ring). The design of the 14K gold ring features a red gemstone on the face, upon which is set a single diamond. "St. Louis Cardinals World Champions" is lettered in relief around the perimeter of the bezel. Each shank is identical in design and displays the club's logo (each cardinal is rendered in red enamel) above a baseball reading "1946" (in large numerals) and "St. Louis National Baseball Club" (in tiny letters around the perimeter). The two engravings on the interior read, respectively, "Hess & Culbertson 14K" and "Presented to Clyde Wares from Baseball Commissioner." Wares' time in the major leagues with the St. Louis Browns was brief (1913-1914), but he later enjoyed a long and successful coaching career with the St. Louis Cardinals that lasted from 1930 to 1952. During that twenty-three year span, the Cardinals won seven pennants and five World Championships. Of those five Championships,1946 was almost certainly the most memorable because it ended with Enos Slaughter's dramatic "Mad Dash" in the eighth inning of Game 7. (Slaughter scored from first on a single to left with two outs, giving the Cardinals a 4-3 lead that they held through the ninth.) It must be noted that this ring was at some time resized for a woman (presumably Wares' wife, or perhaps a daughter); however, that fact should not be surprising since it represents the fifth World Championship ring presented to Wares during his career and he was probably happy to see it worn by someone rather than take up room in his dresser drawer. This is both a rare and significant postwar World Series ring and one that is probably absent from even the most advanced World Series ring collections. Ex-Mt. Size: approximately 6. Weight: 15 grams. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).
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