This 1970 World Championship ring typifies “The Oriole Way” in that it was awarded to a man who, while by no means flashy, did his job and, like so many Oriole components, contributed to the team’s success. Crafted by “Jenkins,” this 14-karat gold size “9” accessory was awarded to Harry "Bud" Trageser, the manager of the since-razed Memorial Stadium. The elegant facing features a simulated diamond at the center of the team’s horseshoe-shaped venue, with the script-style “Orioles” beyond the outfield border. Surrounding that design in raised characters, “BALTIMORE ORIOLES – WORLD CHAMPIONS” is displayed in the exact font in which it appeared on the World Wars dedication of the Memorial Stadium façade. On the right shank, “1970” appears with an Orioles cap and a scroll on which “H. Trageser” is engraved. The opposite shank is home to an American League crest with “1970 CHAMPIONS” on the baseball portion. While there is minimal wear about some of the enamel components, the CZ and gold components are as brilliant as ever! Also included is a 1970 Baltimore Orioles World Series press pin, complete with nut and post.
The subject of a Public Broadcasting System four-part documentary called “Basically Baseball” during the early-1970s, the Baltimore Orioles were baseball’s quintessential franchise and supplanted the Yankees as the most dominant team for two decades. They didn’t have the flash, the lofty payroll, or even the attendance. But pitching, defense and fundamentals made them impossible to beat. In fact, the only ostentatious element in Baltimore was the hardware almost annually awarded for division, league and World Series championships. This is a gorgeous relic from a storied franchise’s glorious chapter during which textbook baseball translated to triumph after triumph.