Hall of Rings

May 16, 2010 — Holding baseball’s top job has its perks.

Regardless of which team takes home the World
Series trophy each October, the commissioner is awarded a World Series ring.

Prior to today’s game against the
Minnesota Twins, Joe Girardi presented Bud Selig’s 2009 World Series
ring to National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum president Jeff Idelson for
permanent display at the museum.

I spoke with Idelson this morning about the latest Yankees ring.

“The 2009 ring features a classic Yankees
design,” Idelson said. “It’s going to stand out from the others in a meaningful
way because of its class.”

To commemorate the occasion, seven Yankees World
Championship rings from as many decades were displayed on the field. And prior the ceremony, Idelson showed the collection to several Yankees players, including Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez (photographed with Idelson below).

Baseball enthusiasts can see the every World
Series ring, a tradition that began with the 1922 New York Giants, in
Cooperstown.

“It’s a very popular exhibit, especially among
those who are involved in the game, and those who understand what World Series
rings mean to the game and what it means to win one,” Idelson said. “Fans love
the exhibit because it really shows the way the rings have changed with society
over the continuum of time.”

The rings that Idelson brought to the Stadium today are from (from left in the photograph below) 1927, 1932, 1941, 1956, 1961, 1977 and 1999.

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