World Series rings seemed to be drawn to Gene Tenace like a magnet. Four of the six he earned throughout his career as a player and coach are among more than 50 items recently consigned to SCP Auctions by the former big league catcher. They’ll go on the auction block this spring.
An important player during the Oakland A’s run of success during the early and mid-1970s, Tenace was named the 1972 World Series MVP when he belted four home runs, drive in nine and batted .348 in a seven-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. His ring, MVP plaque and trophy are among the items that will be offered.
Tenace’s playing career spanned 15 major league seasons (1969 to ’83). The ‘72 season ignited the A’s to their first of three consecutive World Series titles.
He won one more World Series ring as a player with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982 when he helped them beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a tight, seven-game series.
Remarkably, Tenace went to six World Series as a player or coach and won each time. Tenace’s 1974 Series ring and the two coach’s rings from his stint with the 1992 and 1993 Toronto Blue Jays, will also be among the items offered by the southern California auction house.
Milestone baseballs and game-worn and game-used memorabilia will be among the items up for bid when the auction opens April 8.