Baubles, Beads and Baseball
In 1903, the first modern World Series was played between an American League team, the Boston Americans and a National League team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the conclusion of the series, a pocket watch fob was presented to Boston players for the championship win. This began the long standing tradition of awarding all players that won championships with jewelry.
Fobs and watches were popular from 1903 to 1921 and rings were awarded from 1922 to the present. The first World Series ring was awarded to the New York Giants following their victory over the New York Yankees in 1922. Early manufacturers of rings include Dieges & Clust and Hess & Culbertson. Later rings were produced by Balfour, Jostens and Tiffany & Co.
Sue MacKay is the director of collections at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The Hall’s permanent collection contains over 30 medals, 160 rings, 55 watches, 1,000 pins and 50 charms along with cuff links, tie clips and assorted items. The collection also includes popular culture jewelry such as cereal giveaways and ballpark/team promotional items. If you have a jewelry donation proposal, please contact the Hall of Fame at [email protected].