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The Fordham Flash reinvented himself in St. Louis. With four World Series appearances, two championships, and six .300 batting campaigns already under his belt in New York, the 9th-year veteran shed the dictatorial control of John McGraw (a.k.a., Little Napoleon) and got his second wind with the "Cawd'nals" (in Frisch's Big Apple accent). He ultimately added near-perfect symmetry to his storied career with four more Fall Classics, two more world titles, and seven more .300 hitting performances!
"What a difference!" Frisch later observed in his autobiography. "After those stern years with the regimented Giants, to be in a baseball group where everybody was happy and relaxed, having a good time, enjoying their work. We worked hard, all right, but it was different. There was nobody standing over you with a whip in his hand, telling you to do it his way, or else."
Midway through 1933, on the heels of belting out the first N.L. home run in All-Star Game history, Frisch was promoted to player-manager of that ragtag crew known as the "Gashouse Gang." Fittingly, Frisch's colorful cast of characters—the Dean brothers, Pepper Martin, Leo Durocher, Ducky Medwick et al—edged out none other than his old mates the Giants. Then they topped the Greenberg-and-Gehringer-led Detroit Tigers in a memorable 7-game World Series featuring two wins apiece for Dizzy and Paul Dean.
It was perhaps the pinnacle of Frankie Frisch's life and times, and here is his crown jewel: The 14K-gold, size 7 championship ring crowned with a 50-point diamond. Manufactured by the Hess and Culbertson Company, Frisch's flashy ring displays EX to EX/MT condition with evidence of proud long-term wear on the shanks, plus expert professional replacement of the red enameling to match the original color. The inner band is imprinted "14K" and script-engraved "Frank Frisch." Accompanying provenance comes in the form of the original vinyl presentation box and a 1999 auction LOA which states, in part, "The ring was obtained by a western Pennsylvania antiques dealer from the widow of Frank Frisch."
1934 Frankie Frisch St. Louis Cardinals "Gashouse Gang" World Championship Ring - With Original Box
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