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Gil Hodges 1955 Dodgers World Series Ring

Gil Hodges 1955 Dodgers World Series Ring

Once a year, to the roar of gigantic cheering throngs and to the accompaniment of heart-stopping joyous celebrating, the emotional presentation of the championship World Series Rings ranks as one of baseball’s grandest award-winning moments. But when those impressive rings are presented to the one team that has one group of individuals with a family-like love affair and fascination, you have a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And so it was with the celebration by the Brooklyn Dodgers following their 1955 World Series seventh game “subway series” victory over their cross town rivals from the Bronx, the New York Yankees. Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges had seven hits during that magical series, including a home run during Game Four that helped even the series at two apiece. But in the series finale--Game Seven, when Gil Hodges made the final out to end the game...well, you could have heard the sounds of celebrating all the way to... Coney Island...and beyond! Hot dog! The “Bums” of Brooklyn were real winners! This well-earned 1955 Dodgers World Series ring, (size 11 1/2) was definitely presented to a much deserving Gil Hodges. Talk about an All-Star career (he made the NL squad eight times); Gil was a member of the rare club of players to have hit four home runs in a single game! While he was always remembered for his contribution to the success of the Dodgers, he made a success out of a team that couldn’t even buy success until he came along--managing the New York Mets and leading them to their remarkable 1969 World Series victory. Sadly, while managing the Mets during spring training in 1972, Gil Hodges died after he suffered a heart attack. He was just short of his 48th birthday. A real diamond-in-the-rough player, this World Series ring has a real diamond in the center! The gem is surrounded by a dark blue stone and 14K white gold. The Brooklyn Dodgers logo is shown raised and engraved on one shank; an autographed baseball is on the other side. The words “1955” and “Brooklyn World Champions” are engraved on the ring as well. Marked inside “14K White Gold Dieges & Clust”. Only a true winner gets the ring that every baseball player strives for. And when that winner has the heart and popularity of Gil Hodges, well, you’ve got a ring that runs circles around just about any other piece of Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia.

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