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Charles Stoneham "Chub" Feeney spent 40 years in Major League Baseball, most notably as president of the National League from 1970 to ’86. He began his baseball career as a front office executive with the New York Giants in 1946 at the tender age of 24. His grandfather, Charles Stoneham, owned the Giants from 1919 to ‘36 before passing the torch to Chub’s uncle, who owed the team through 1976.  Chub served as the team’s head of baseball operations until 1970, essentially functioning as the GM. After a successful run under his grandpa during the Mel Ott era that yielded three World Series titles, Chub was instrumental in rebuilding a winner in the early 1950s by bringing up African-American stars Willie Mays, Monte Irvin and Hank Thompson. And when his uncle moved the Giants from the Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan to San Francisco in the late ‘50s, Feeney was the first to bring in Latin American stars such as Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal and the Alou brothers.

Feeney’s tenure as NL President was relatively stable and may be best remembered for the league’s dominating All-Star Game record of 14-3. As president for 17 seasons, he built himself quite a collection of World Series and NLCS rings. Presented here is Chub’s 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship 14-karat gold ring, the same version issued to players. It marked the Dodgers’ first since 1965 as they avenged back-to-back World Series losses to the Yankees in 1977 and ’78. This time L.A. defeated their historic AL rivals in six hard-fought games.

The face features a large real .75 carat diamond within a baseball diamond atop a Dodger blue stone surrounded by "LOS ANGELES DODGERS WORLD CHAMPIONS.” The left shank has "FEENEY", the Dodgers team logo and "LA", with "1981" and the World Series trophy on the right shank. Inside is hallmarked "BALFOUR 14K". The ring comes in size 8¼ and weighs 30 grams. It shows light wear and presents beautifully. Includes LOA from Feeney family.

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