Thanks to the generosity of a Hall of Fame fan, a rare piece of baseball history has a new home in Cooperstown.
The 1947 New York Giants were a nightmare for National League pitchers.
Manager Mel Ott’s roster was full of players who had Ott-like power, if only for a brief period of time.
Throughout the lineup, the Giants featured some feared sluggers. When the season came to a close, they had set a big league record for most home runs by one team. Owner Horace Stoneham gave each of his players commemorative gold rings to honor the acoomplishment.
"Stoneham was recognized as one of baseball’s most friendly owners," said collector Rick Swig, who recently donated one of those rings to the Hall of Fame.
Each player on the team—not just the hitters—received a ring and the one owned by pitcher Junior Thompson is now headed to a permanent home at the Hall.