August Live 2014
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The Yankees' unprecedented run of championships that began in 1949 culminated with yet another showdown against the rival Dodgers. Could the Bronx Bombers really overcome the new-and-improved Brooklyn squad—who won an impressive 105 games during the regular season—to make it five straight World Series victories? Absolutely! Through four games, the cross-town adversaries were all tied up, having won two games apiece. Yet, led by strong hitting (and three Dodgers errors in Game 6), the Yanks prevailed, and once again stood atop the baseball world as champions.
Such an extraordinary title run has yet to be matched, and the offered showpiece recalls that singular and amazing feat. Yankees championship rings from the 1950s and 1960s were all produced with similar designs, but the celebration of their five-peat dynasty prompted them to manufacture one of the most special rings ever with the central 50-point diamond incorporated into a raised number "5." The face also features a finely crafted laurel-leaf motif and a border of raised lettering that reads, "NEW YORK YANKEES WORLD CHAMPIONS." The year "1953" and New York's top-hat emblem are displayed on both shanks, also in raised relief, along with very detailed laurel-leaf accents.
Boasting exquisite NM condition and simply awesome eye appeal, this size-7 example belonged to southpaw Bill Miller (possibly made for his wife at that size), who appeared in 36 games for the Yankees between 1952 and 1954, posting 6 wins, 5 complete games, and 2 shutouts. The inner band is imprinted "Balfour 14K" and script-engraved "William P. Miller." An accompanying 1999 LOA originates from sisters Anne Miano Daly, Catherine Miano and Chris Miano Walsh, who acquired the ring at their great-aunt Dolores Nieman's 1989 family estate auction in Portsmouth, VA, where Nieman's husband had been a jeweler. As a point of reference on value, our company's auction executives handled the '53 Yankees ring of Miller's pitching coach Jim Turner back in April 2006 when it sold for just shy of $18,500. In terms of rarity, it's estimated that only about 16-18 men's rings were manufactured that year, with fewer than a dozen actually having been presented to active players.
1953 Bill Miller New York Yankees World Championship Ring - 5th Consecutive World Series Title!
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