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Lot 337

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers Championship Ring. The ecstasy and pandemonium that erupted in Brooklyn when Gil Hodges caught Pee Wee Reese's throw in the ninth inning of the seventh game of the 1955 World Series was likened to V-J Day and the biggest block party ever. Older fans who had waited 39 years for a Championship finally had it, and the kids who played ball while pretending they were Reese, Snider, Gilliam, Robinson, Podres or any other Dodger, got the biggest, most unforgettable gift of their young lives. The loyalty of the Bums' fans was rewarded in a big way that October 4 and we are delighted to offer one of the finest (and scarcest) mementos of that unforgettable day.

This Brooklyn Dodgers World Champions ring is decorated with diamonds and shows the gentle wear one would expect from years of being on the hand of Number 19. One shank is emblazoned with the word "FIRST 1955" and the other bears a facsimile signature "Junior Gilliam" and the distinctive "B" logo of the Dodgers. The size and substantial weight of this beautiful ring emphasizes the mythical quality of the 1955 Dodgers' win -- the only Championship they won in Brooklyn -- and is an outstanding piece for the fan or collector.
Estimated Value $20,000-UP.
From the Estate of James "Junior" Gilliam.

Realized $26,450

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