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1949 New York Yankees World Series Ring - Issued to Scout Ed Leishman

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $9,988

Addendum: This ring features a Cubic Zirconia stone, not a real diamond as stated in the original catalog description.

New York Yankees World Series ring issued to scout Edwin Leishman in 1949. The 10K gold ring, produced by Balfour, features a single CZ stone set within a baseball-diamond motif on the front. "New York Yankees - World Champions" is lettered in relief along the front perimeter. Each shank displays the identical design: a depiction of the Yankees' famous "top hat" logo, above which is the the year, "1949." The name "Edwin Leishman" is engraved on the interior band, as are "Balfour" and "10K." 1949 marked the first of New York's record five consecutive World Championships, making this both a historically significant and desirable World Series ring commemorating the start of baseball's greatest dynasty. Ed Leishman was a career baseball man who later served as a high-ranking team executive in both the Pacific Coast League and the Major Leagues. Leishman's professional baseball career began in the late 1920s as a player in the California State League where his standout play resulted in the purchase of his contract by the New York Yankees. Although he failed to make the Major Leagues, the Yankees retained his services by hiring him as a scout. Among his most famous signings was a scrawny second baseman named Billy Martin. Leishman eventually ascended to the position of New York Yankees West Coast farm director (1947-1949) before founding the Salt Lake City minor-league baseball franchise in the early 1950s. In later years he served as general manager of the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League (early 1960s) and was the first general manager of the San Diego Padres Major League franchise (1969-1972). Leishman received many honors during his long career, including twice being named the Minor League Executive of the Year by The Sporting News (1959 and 1964). The ring displays moderate-to-heavy wear, including some loss of detail to the raised graphics. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Size: approximately 10.5. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000+. SOLD FOR $9,988

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