Not since the days of George Sisler had the St. Louis Browns generated as much excitement as they did in 1944. Led by Vern Stephens (20 HRs, 109 RBIs) and Nels Potter (19-7), the Browns took advantage of the fact that their squad wasn't depleted by the draft like many other war-era teams were. They won the AL pennant in dramatic fashion over the Tigers and Yankees, but alas, couldn't overtake the crosstown Cardinals come World Series time.
Interestingly, and perhaps because of their unlikely Cinderella circumstances, the Browns' brass decided nonetheless to issue AL championship rings celebrating their pennant—an unprecedented move that inspired all other franchises henceforth. Very seldom do these '44 Browns rings reach the auction block, and this 14K-gold, size 10 example has been tucked away in a private collection for the past two decades. It was originally received by a Browns staff member named Tom Bramell, whose name is engraved inside the band. EX condition overall with evidence of long-term proud wear on the shanks and the top border. The beautiful, elegant, enameled Browns logo in the center of the ring's face remains NM. A 1993 purchase LOA accompanies. This item has a reserve (estimated value $5,000 - 10,000).