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Lot # 684: 2011 St Louis Cardinals World Series Championship Player Ring Presented to Miguel Batista (Batista LOA)

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

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Item was in Auction "Summer Classic 2022",
which ran from 8/28/2022 7:00 PM to
9/17/2022 10:00 PM

Presented is a gorgeous 2011 Miguel Batista St. Louis Cardinals' World Champions' ring. The Cards, managed by Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, went 90-72 in the regular season that year - finishing second in the NL West Division. The Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series 3-2. Then the St. Louis advanced to the World Series by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 in the NL Championship Series. The Cardinals' battle in the World Series against the Texas Rangers that season was rated by ESPN in 2020 as the 5th greatest World Series of all- time. Game 6 of this classic Series was one in which the Cardinals erased 2-run deficits in both the bottom of the 9th inning and the bottom of the 10th inning to tie the Rangers after Texas was both times a mere strike away from its first ever World Series Championship. Then, the 2011 World Series MVP, the Cards' David Freese, won the game with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning. Game 3 was also noteworthy as the Cardinals' Albert Pujols tied Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players up to then to have hit three home runs in a World Series game. The Jostens ring weighs 69 grams. It is a size 9.5 and without the original box. Miguel Batista pitched 11 different Major League teams over an 18-year career and the much-traveled right-hander had a career 102-155 record. He began this 2011 season with the Cardinals. He pitched in 26 games, all but one in relief, and he had a record of 3-2 with a 4.48 ERA. He was released on July 22nd and soon signed by the New York Mets. Therefore, because he played nearly one half of the season for the Cardinals, he was awarded this World Series ring.  The face of the ring and the band around the face are set with real diamonds. A red and gold colored Cardinal bird is perched on a gold-colored baseball bat in the ring center. Around the edges of the face, raised lettering reads "WORLD CHAMPIONS." The left prong of the ring reads "BATISTA" and has "1926/1931/1934/1942/1944" (The years of the first five Cardinals' World Championships), and this prong also has the Cardinals' logo. The right prong reads "2011 St. Louis Cardinals 11 World Series Titles." Under that are the years of the most recent World Championships "2006/1982/1967/1964/1946." In making a reference to the Cardinals flying like their winged avian mascot and recalling the team's wins in 2011 post-season series against the Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Texas, the inside of the ring is cleverly engraved "SL 3-2 P/SL 4-2 M/SL 4-3 T/HAPPY FLIGHT." The ring is in excellent condition, and this offering represents the rare chance to possess a Major League player's World Champion ring.

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