1923 World Series

In the 1923 World Series, the New York Yankees beat the New York Giants in six games. This would be the first of the Yankees' 27 World Series championships (as of 2018). The series was not played in a 2–3–2 format: as with the previous two Series (where both clubs had shared the Polo Grounds) the home field alternated each game, though this time it involved switching ballparks, as the first Yankee Stadium had opened this season.

1923 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Yankees (4) Miller Huggins 98–54, .645, GA: 16
New York Giants (2) John McGraw 95–58, .621, GA: ​4 12
DatesOctober 10–15
UmpiresBilly Evans (AL), Hank O'Day (NL), Dick Nallin (AL), Bob Hart (NL)
Hall of FamersUmpires: Billy Evans, Hank O'Day.
Yankees: Miller Huggins (mgr.), Lou Gehrig (dnp), Waite Hoyt, Herb Pennock, Babe Ruth.
Giants: John McGraw (mgr.), Dave Bancroft, Frankie Frisch, Travis Jackson, George Kelly, Casey Stengel‡, Bill Terry (dnp), Hack Wilson (dnp), Ross Youngs.
‡ elected as a manager.
Broadcast
RadioWestinghouse
Radio announcersW. O. McGeehan (Games 1–3), Graham McNamee (Games 3–6)
World Series

Background

The Yankees opened their new stadium in April on a home run by Babe Ruth, setting the tone for the season and this Series, in which Ruth hit three home runs along with drawing eight walks. In Game 2, second baseman, Aaron Ward hit a home run. The Giants' one bright spot was "Old Casey" Stengel, who hit game-winning homers in each of the two Giants' victories. In typically eccentric Stengel fashion, one of them was inside-the-park at the cavernous Yankee Stadium, and his shoe came loose during his run around the bases. Stengel was traded after the season, leading him to quip later in life, "It's a good thing I didn't hit three homers in three games, or McGraw would have traded me to the Three-I League!". A quarter century later, Stengel would take on the role of Yankees manager, and would guide the Bronx Bombers through one of their most successful eras.

In Game 6, The Yankees overcame the 4–1 deficit by staging a five-run rally in the eighth inning to clinch the series.

The three consecutive matchups between the Yankees and Giants (1921–1923) marked the only time (as of 2016), that three straight World Series featured the same two clubs.

Thanks to the large seating capacity of the new Yankee Stadium, coupled with expansion of the Polo Grounds the same year, the 1923 Series was the first to eclipse 300,000 in total attendance (301,430), averaging over 50,000 per game (50,238), with gate receipts over $1 million ($1,063,815.00).

This was the third time that a team had inaugurated a new stadium with a World Series win, and would be the last until the St. Louis Cardinals victory in their new ballpark in 2006, and the New York Yankees again won the World Series in 2009 in their new Yankee Stadium.

Babe Ruth had a great series, his first great one as a Yankee, batting .368 and hitting three home runs in the series.

Neither Lou Gehrig, Bill Terry nor Hack Wilson played in the Series. These future Hall of Famers were each in their first season and had played no more than thirteen games in the regular season. Gehrig had been called up from Hartford to play for the Yankees that year. In that time, however, a team had to have the permission of both the commissioner and the opposing team's manager to make a roster change so late in the season eligible for postseason play. The Yankees gained the permission of Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis who then told them to get John McGraw's permission. McGraw and the Yankees had a long history of disdain after both teams had shared a stadium and the Giants had won both the 1921 and 1922 World Series from New York. Therefore, he declined permission and Gehrig would not be allowed to participate in the series which otherwise would have been his first World Series. As noted baseball historian John Thorn said, "As if the Yankees needed any more reason to hate John McGraw."[1]

Summary

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL New York Giants (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 10 New York Giants – 5, New York Yankees – 4 Yankee Stadium 2:05 55,307[2] 
2 October 11 New York Yankees – 4, New York Giants – 2 Polo Grounds 2:08 40,402[3] 
3 October 12 New York Giants – 1, New York Yankees – 0 Yankee Stadium 2:05 62,430[4] 
4 October 13 New York Yankees – 8, New York Giants – 4 Polo Grounds 2:32 46,302[5] 
5 October 14 New York Giants – 1, New York Yankees – 8 Yankee Stadium 1:55 62,817[6] 
6 October 15 New York Yankees – 6, New York Giants – 4 Polo Grounds 2:05 34,172[7]

Matchups

Game 1

Yankee Stadium 1923 World Series
Fans entering Yankee Stadium before Game 1 of the World Series.
Wednesday, October 10, 1923 2:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 8 0
New York (AL) 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 12 1
WP: Rosy Ryan (1–0)   LP: Bullet Joe Bush (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: Casey Stengel (1)
NYY: None

A ninth-inning inside-the-park homer by Casey Stengel beat the Yankees on their home field. Babe Ruth scored in the first inning on a Bob Meusel double. Yankee center fielder Whitey Witt's two-run single in the next inning made it 3-0. The Giants fought back with a four-run third, knocking out Yankee starter Waite Hoyt from the game. It was tied at 4-4 in the ninth until Casey came to bat, legging out a long drive to the left-center gap.

Game 2

Polo Grounds outfield 1923
The newly built Yankee Stadium was visible from the Polo Grounds in 1923, seen here above the outfield bleachers.
Thursday, October 11, 1923 2:00 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 4 10 0
New York (NL) 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 9 2
WP: Herb Pennock (1–0)   LP: Hugh McQuillan (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Aaron Ward (1), Babe Ruth 2 (2)
NYG: Irish Meusel (1)

After trading home runs by Aaron Ward and Irish Meusel, a pair of Babe Ruth blasts in the fourth and fifth innings turned out to be the difference.

Game 3

Friday, October 12, 1923 2:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 0
New York (AL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
WP: Art Nehf (1–0)   LP: Sad Sam Jones (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: Casey Stengel (2)
NYY: None

A scoreless pitching duel lasted until the seventh inning, when Casey Stengel struck again, this time with a homer that left the park. It gave Art Nehf the win over Sad Sam Jones, despite the Giants getting just four hits.

Game 4

Saturday, October 13, 1923 2:00 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 0 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 13 1
New York (NL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 13 1
WP: Bob Shawkey (1–0)   LP: Jack Scott (0–1)   Sv: Herb Pennock (1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
NYG: Ross Youngs (1)

A six-run second inning chased Giant starter Jack Scott, the first four Yankee batters of that inning reaching safely. Bob Meusel added a two-run triple. A ninth-inning leadoff inside-the-park homer by Ross Youngs gave the home team a flicker of hope, but Herb Pennock mopped up in relief.

Game 5

Sunday, October 14, 1923 2:00 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (NL) 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
New York (AL) 3 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 8 14 0
WP: Bullet Joe Bush (1–1)   LP: Jack Bentley (0–1)
Home runs:
NYG: None
NYY: Joe Dugan (1)

It was over in a hurry. Bob Meusel's two-run triple and a Wally Pipp sacrifice fly made it 3-0. Then the Yankees got four more in the second, Joe Dugan's three-run inside-the-park homer the big blow. Bullet Joe Bush surrendered just three hits to the Giants, who now faced elimination.

Game 6

Monday, October 15, 1923 2:00 pm (ET) at Polo Grounds in Manhattan, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York (AL) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 6 5 0
New York (NL) 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4 10 1
WP: Herb Pennock (2–0)   LP: Art Nehf (1–1)   Sv: Sad Sam Jones (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Babe Ruth (3)
NYG: Frank Snyder (1)

Right off the bat, the Yankees struck with a Babe Ruth two-out homer in the first. But then the Giants and their Polo Grounds crowd came to life. Three singles in the first tied the score. Center fielder Bill Cunningham knocked in a go-ahead run in the fourth, followed by catcher Frank Snyder's homer in the fifth. Down 4-1, the Yankees took advantage of two singles followed by 3 consecutive walks. Ruth struck out with the score 4-3, and Bob Meusel hit a clutch two-out single scoring two runs, and a third scoring on an error, making it 6-4 Yankees. Sad Sam Jones would get the 6 out save to win the Yankees their first championship.

Composite line score

1923 World Series (4–2): New York Yankees (A.L.) over New York Giants (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 5 13 1 4 1 0 1 5 0 30 60 3
New York Giants 1 2 4 1 1 2 1 3 2 17 47 6
Total attendance: 301,430   Average attendance: 50,238
Winning player's share: $6,143   Losing player's share: $4,113[8]

Notes

  1. ^ John Thorn interview, Yankeeography, Lou Gehrig, 2004.
  2. ^ "1923 World Series Game 1 – New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1923 World Series Game 2 – New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1923 World Series Game 3 – New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1923 World Series Game 4 – New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1923 World Series Game 5 – New York Giants vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1923 World Series Game 6 – New York Yankees vs. New York Giants". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009.

References

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 97–101. ISBN 0-312-03960-3.
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2131. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.

External links

1923 New York Giants season

The 1923 New York Giants season was the franchise's 41st season. The Giants won the National League pennant with a 95-58 record. The team went on to lose to the New York Yankees in the 1923 World Series, four games to two.

1923 New York Yankees season

The 1923 New York Yankees season was the 23rd season for this American League franchise and its 21st season in New York. Manager Miller Huggins led the team to their third straight pennant with a 98–54 record, 16 games ahead of the second place Detroit Tigers. The Yankees moved into the now famous Yankee Stadium. In the 1923 World Series, they avenged their 1921 and 1922 losses by defeating the New York Giants in 6 games, 4 games to 2, and won their first World Series title.

1923 in sports

1923 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Aaron Ward (baseball)

Aaron Lee Ward (August 28, 1896 – January 30, 1961), was an infielder for the New York Yankees (1917–26), Chicago White Sox (1927) and Cleveland Indians (1928).

Bill Cunningham (outfielder)

William Aloysius Cunningham (July 30, 1894 in San Francisco, California – September 26, 1953 in Colusa, California), was a Major League Baseball player who played outfielder from 1921-1924. He would play for the Boston Braves and New York Giants.

Cunningham's two-run single in the second inning of the 1922 World Series' final game sparked the Giants to a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees at the Polo Grounds and the championship. A year later, a Cunningham hit in the final game of the 1923 World Series put the Giants on top, but the Yankees rallied to win it.

He played just four seasons in the majors overall, getting 270 hits in 945 at-bats and batting .286. He compiled 9 home runs and 112 RBI. In eight World Series games, he hit only .176 (3-17) with three RBI.

Bullet Joe Bush

Leslie Ambrose "Bullet Joe" Bush (November 27, 1892 – November 1, 1974) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Giants between 1912 and 1928. Bush batted and threw right-handed. He is credited with having developed the forkball pitch.

Casey Stengel

Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel (; July 30, 1890 – September 29, 1975) was an American Major League Baseball right fielder, and manager, best known as the manager of both the championship New York Yankees of the 1950s and later, of the expansion New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Stengel was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1890. In 1910, he began a professional baseball career that would span over half a century. After almost three seasons in the minor leagues, Stengel reached the major leagues late in 1912, as an outfielder, for the Brooklyn Dodgers. His six seasons there saw some success, among them playing for Brooklyn's 1916 National League championship team; but he also developed a reputation as a clown. After repeated clashes over pay with the Dodgers owner, Charlie Ebbets, Stengel was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1918; however, he enlisted in the Navy that summer, for the remainder of World War I. After returning to baseball, he continued his pay disputes, resulting in trades to the Philadelphia Phillies (in 1919) and to the New York Giants (in 1921). There, he learned much about baseball from the manager, John McGraw, and had some of the glorious moments in his career, such as hitting an inside-the-park home run in Game 1 of the 1923 World Series to defeat the Yankees. His major league playing career ended with the Boston Braves in 1925, but he then began a career as a manager.

The first twenty years of Stengel's second career brought mostly poor finishes, especially during his MLB managerial stints with the Dodgers (1934–1936) and Braves (1938–1943). He thereafter enjoyed some success on the minor league level, and Yankee general manager George Weiss hired him as manager in October 1948. Stengel's Yankees won the World Series five consecutive times (1949–1953), the only time that has been achieved. Although the team won ten pennants in his twelve seasons, and won seven World Series, his final two years brought less success, with a third-place finish in 1959, and a loss in the 1960 World Series. By then aged 70, he was dismissed by the Yankees shortly after the defeat.

Stengel had become famous for his humorous and sometimes disjointed way of speech while with the Yankees, and these skills of showmanship served the expansion Mets well when they hired him in late 1961. He promoted the team tirelessly, as well as managing it to a 40–120 win–loss record, the most losses of any 20th century MLB team. The team finished last all four years he managed it, but was boosted by considerable support from fans. Stengel retired in 1965, and became a fixture at baseball events for the rest of his life. Although Stengel is sometimes described as one of the great managers in major league history, others have contrasted his success during the Yankee years with his lack of success at other times, and concluded he was only a good manager when given good players. Stengel is remembered as one of the great characters in baseball history.

Elmer Smith (20th-century outfielder)

Elmer John Smith (September 21, 1892 – August 3, 1984) born in Sandusky, Ohio was an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians (1914–16, 1917 and 1919–21), Washington Senators (1916–17), Boston Red Sox (1922), New York Yankees (1922–23) and Cincinnati Reds (1925).

His World War I draft registration card shows that he was born in 1893 not 1892. But the information is not in the same handwriting as his signature. His Social Security Death Index shows a birth year of 1892.

He helped the Indians win the 1920 World Series and the Yankees win the 1922 American League Pennant and 1923 World Series. Smith's grand slam in Game 5 of the 1920 series was the first in World Series history.In 10 seasons he played in 1,012 Games and had 3,195 At Bats, 469 Runs, 881 Hits, 181 Doubles, 62 Triples, 70 Home Runs, 541 RBI, 54 Stolen Bases, 319 Walks, .276 Batting Average, .344 On-base percentage, .437 Slugging Percentage, 1,396 Total Bases and 99 Sacrifice Hits.

He died in Columbia, Kentucky at the age of 91 from emphysema.

Ernie Johnson (shortstop)

Ernest Rudolph Johnson (April 29, 1888 – May 1, 1952) was an American professional baseball shortstop. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox (1912, 1921–23), St. Louis Terriers (Federal League 1915), St. Louis Browns (1916–1918), and New York Yankees (1923–1925). In between, he spent 1920 with the Salt Lake City Bees as their player-manager.

Johnson took over the White Sox shortstop job from the recently banned Swede Risberg in 1921. He hit .295 and was fourth in the American League with 22 stolen bases. In 1922 his batting average dropped to .254 and he had the dubious distinction of leading the league in outs (494).

He was acquired by the Yankees via waivers on May 31, 1923 and he batted .447 for them in a limited role. He played in two games of the 1923 World Series against the New York Giants and scored the series-deciding run as a pinch runner in game number six. Johnson spent the next two years with New York in a part-time role, batting .353 and .282. On October 28, 1925 at age 37, Johnson was sent to the St. Paul Saints of the American Association as part of a multi-player trade.

Johnson's career totals for 813 games include 697 hits, 19 home runs, 256 runs batted in, 372 runs scored, a .266 batting average, and a slugging percentage of .350.

After Johnson's playing career, he spent several years as a manager in the minor leagues. He managed the Portland Beavers from 1926 until 1928 and the Seattle Indians from 1929 until 1933. After that, he worked for the Boston Red Sox as an advance scout until his death in 1952.

His son was former major league second baseman Don Johnson. His brother, George, was a long-time minor league umpire.

Fred Hofmann

Fred Hofmann (June 10, 1894 – November 19, 1964), nicknamed "Bootnose", was an American professional baseball player, coach, scout and manager. From 1919 to 1928, he played as a catcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Listed at 5 feet 11.5 inches (1.816 m), 175 pounds (79 kg), Hofmann batted and threw right-handed.

Giants–Yankees rivalry

The Giants–Yankees rivalry is a Major League Baseball rivalry between the San Francisco Giants of the National League and the New York Yankees of the American League. It was particularly intense when both teams not only inhabited New York City but also, for a time, the same ball park. During that era the opportunities for them to meet could only have been in a World Series. Both teams kicked off the first Subway Series between the two leagues in 1921.

Herb Pennock

Herbert Jefferis Pennock (February 10, 1894 – January 30, 1948) was an American professional baseball pitcher and front-office executive. He played in Major League Baseball from 1912 through 1933, and is best known for his time spent with the star-studded New York Yankee teams of the mid to late 1920s and early 1930s.

Connie Mack signed Pennock to his Philadelphia Athletics in 1912. After using Pennock sparingly, and questioning his competitive drive, Mack sold Pennock to the Boston Red Sox in 1915. After returning from military service in 1919, Pennock became a regular contributor for the Red Sox. The Yankees acquired Pennock from the Red Sox after the 1922 season, and he served as a key member of the pitching staff as the Yankees won four World Series championships during his tenure with the team. After retiring as a player, Pennock served as a coach and farm system director for the Red Sox, and as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Pennock was regarded as one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in baseball history. Mack later called his sale of Pennock to the Red Sox his greatest mistake. Pennock died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1948; later that year, he was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Hinkey Haines

Henry Luther "Hinkey" Haines (December 23, 1898 – January 9, 1979) was a professional athlete who played American football in the National Football League and baseball in the Major League Baseball association. Haines was a star of the New York Giants football team in his time and has the distinction of being the only athlete to have played on national championship teams in both baseball and football. He won the 1923 World Series with the New York Yankees and the 1927 NFL Championship with the New York Giants.

Jack Scott (baseball)

John William Scott (April 18, 1892 – November 30, 1959) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1916 to 1929 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Phillies.

A right-hander, Scott pitched a four-hit shutout in Game 3 of the 1922 World Series against the New York Yankees, and he and the Giants went on to win the championship. Scott started one game of the 1923 World Series against the Yankees as well.

He was a knuckleball pitcher and workhorse, leading the league in games pitched three times, including 50 appearances on the mound in 1926.

Scott started both ends of a doubleheader on June 19, 1927 for the Phillies, beating the Reds in the opener 3-1, dropping the nightcap 3-0. He threw complete games in each, allowing just four runs and one walk.

He finished his career with a record of 103-109.

Scott was a very good hitter as pitchers go. His 187 career hits included five home runs and four triples, with a batting average of .275.

Major League Baseball on the radio

Major League Baseball on the radio has been a tradition for almost 80 years, and still exists today. Baseball was one of the first sports to be broadcast in the United States. Every team in Major League Baseball has a flagship station, and baseball is also broadcast on national radio.

Ross Youngs

Ross Middlebrook "Pep" Youngs (April 10, 1897 – October 22, 1927) was an American professional baseball player. Nicknamed "Pep", he played ten seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Giants from 1917 through 1926, playing right field almost exclusively. Youngs was a part of the Giants teams that won four consecutive National League pennants and the 1921 and 1922 World Series.

From Shiner, Texas, Youngs excelled at baseball and American football at the West Texas Military Institute. After beginning his professional career in minor league baseball, the Giants signed him in 1916. Youngs had a lifetime .322 batting average with the Giants and batted over .300 nine times in his career, including eight consecutive seasons. His career was cut short by illness, however, as he died at the age of 30 of Bright's disease.

Youngs was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 by the Veterans Committee. His election was not without controversy, however, as the Veterans Committee consisted of his former teammates, and charges of cronyism were leveled against the committee.

Subway Series

The Subway Series is a series of Major League Baseball (MLB) rivalry games played between the two teams based in New York City, the Yankees and the Mets. Previously, this applied to the Giants and Dodgers as well, before they moved out of New York City. Every historic and current venue for such games has been accessible via the New York City Subway, hence the name of the series.

The term's historic usage has been in reference to World Series games played between the city's teams. The New York Yankees have appeared in all Subway Series games as they have been the only American League (AL) team based in the city, and have compiled an 11–3 all-time series record in the 14 championship Subway Series.

Since 1997, the term Subway Series has been applied to interleague play during the regular season between the Yankees and New York City's National League (NL) team: the New York Mets. The Mets and Yankees also played each other in the 2000 World Series, in which the Yankees won.

Wally Pipp

Walter Clement Pipp (February 17, 1893 – January 11, 1965) was an American professional baseball player. A first baseman, Pipp played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, and Cincinnati Reds between 1913 and 1928.

After appearing in 12 games for the Tigers in 1913 and playing in the minor leagues in 1914, he was purchased by the Yankees before the 1915 season. They made him their starting first baseman. He and Home Run Baker led an improved Yankee lineup that led the league in home runs. He led the American League in home runs in 1916 and 1917. With Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, Joe Dugan, and Waite Hoyt, the Yankees won three consecutive American League pennants from 1921 through 1923, and won the 1923 World Series. In 1925, he lost his starting role to Lou Gehrig, after which he finished his major league career with Cincinnati.

Pipp is considered to be one of the best power hitters of the dead ball era. Pipp is now best remembered as the man who lost his starting role to Lou Gehrig at the beginning of Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games.

World Series ring

A World Series ring is an award given to Major League Baseball players who win the World Series. Since only one Commissioner's Trophy is awarded to the team, a World Series ring is an individual award that players and staff of each World Series champion team get to keep for themselves to symbolize the victory. World Series rings are uniquely commissioned by the winning team each year and presented to deserving players and staff early in the next season. The rings have been made by companies that include Jostens, Tiffany & Co., Dieges & Clust, and L.G. Balfour Company.

The first World Series ring was given to members of the New York Giants after winning the 1922 World Series. By the 1930s, each winning team gave their players a ring. Though the ring started off simple, usually containing only one diamond, rings over time have become more elaborate and ornate, with the 2003 World Series ring containing over 200 diamonds.

In addition to their inherent value, World Series rings also carry additional value as sports memorabilia. A World Series ring belonging to Casey Stengel sold for $180,000. Lenny Dykstra's 1986 World Series ring sold for over $56,000 during his bankruptcy proceedings. Other rings sold in auctions have sold for over $10,000 apiece. Replica rings given to fans have sold for as much as $300.

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