1919 World Series ring currently at $33,500 with Lelands

A unique ring from the notorious 1919 World Series has surfaced as part of Lelands' Spring 2013 auction, which closes on June 28.

1919 World Series ring
The ring was given to a malkman who lived in Moran's hometown

It is currently selling for $33,275 yet, as an important artefact from one of the most talked about events in baseball history, it will undoubtedly soar as the auction reaches its close.

The 1919 World Series saw the National League champions Cincinnati Reds pitched against the now-infamous American League Chicago White Sox.

The Reds secured a 5-3 series win, but it was later discovered that eight White Sox players had conspired with gamblers to intentionally hand the pennant to Cincinnati.

They were subsequently banned from the sport for life, earning them the Chicago Black Sox moniker.

Although commonplace today, World Series rings were not as popular in 1919, due to the fact that they were considered too effeminate for male players.

The majority of awards were pins and stickpins, though this ring was presented to the Cincinnati Reds' manager Pat Moran. Engraved with his name, it is made from 10-karat gold.

Accompanied by a photograph of Moran wearing it just before he died, the ring was consigned by the son of a milkman, whose father was gifted it by Moran's son, John.

The milkman's son has kept the ring in his own collection for more than 50 years, and it has never been seen at auction before.

In August 2012, the 1912 World Series trophy presented to Boston Red Sox manager Jake Stahl sold for $239,000 at Heritage Auctions.

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