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A strong case can be made that the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics were the baseball team of the century. Taking advantage of an off-year for the Yankees, Connie Mack led the White Elephants to their first pennant in 15 years, going 104-46, before routing the Cubs in the World Series 4 games to 1. This well-balanced squad was built around hitting and pitching. Al Simmons batted .365 with 34 home runs and a league-leading 157 RBI, while Jimmie Foxx hit .354 with 33 homers and 123 runs. Lefty Grove posted a stellar 20-6 record and 2.81 ERA with 170 strikeouts and just 81 walks. (Interestingly, he was also on the mound twice when his team scored 20 or more runs!) Come October, Grove twirled masterful relief performances in Games 2 and 4 of the Fall Classic, spurring sportswriter Heywood Broun to note, "When danger beckoned thickest, it was always Grove who stood towering on the mound, whipping over strikes against the luckless Chicago batters." Lefty continued to dominate in 1930 (28-5, 2.54 ERA) and 1931 (31-4, 2.06 ERA, AL MVP) as the A's established their mighty dynasty of three straight pennants and a three-year-record 313 victories (since eclipsed by the 1969-71 Orioles).
Presented here is Lefty Grove's own 1929 championship ring, manufactured by prestigious Philadelphia jewelers J.E. Caldwell & Co. (possibly also in partnership with Bailey Banks & Biddle). Crowned by a 30-point diamond, the 10K-gold, size 10-1/2 heirloom was evidently worn with pride for many decades such that the designs remain recognizable, yet their specific detail work (the A's logo on the elephant, the "29" below the diamond, and the "CHAMPIONS" banner across the baseball) are no longer identifiable. The inner band is imprinted "JEC&CO 10K," adjacent to an engraving of "ROBERT M." with Grove's surname obscured by later resizing. Accompanied by a 2006 LOA from Lefty Grove's grandson Dick Monnett.
1929 Lefty Grove Philadelphia Athletics World Championship Ring - From Lefty Grove Estate
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