As the Giants prepare to get their World Series rings at a ceremony before tonight’s game at AT&T Park, here’s a little something to chew on: It might be some new jewelry to San Francisco, but the first World Series ring in 1922 was minted for the New York Giants.
Jeff Idelson, president of the Baseball Hall of Fame, brought that to the ballpark to show before game time, plus the other four World Series mementos won by the East Coast Giants of old, including rings from 1933 and 1954, plus a 1921 pre-ring medal and 1905 player pin given to Giants player Mike Donlin.
Idelson said before rings, World Series winners usually got medals, sometimes money clips, between the first championship in 1903 and 1922.
Exact details are sketchy, however.
“It wasn’t well-covered,” Idleson said.