Worthridge Auctions and Retail

KERNERSVILLE, NC – June 2014

A 1947 National League championship ring owned by manager Burt Shotton highlights Worthridge’s Summer Sports Auction this month.

Shotton photo courtesy of sportsecyclopedia.com
Shotton photo courtesy of sportsecyclopedia.com

A solid argument could be made that the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1947 season is the most important season ever played by a baseball team. It started on April 15, when Jackie Robinson’s name appeared on the lineup card as the Opening Day first baseman, and ended at Yankee Stadium on October 6 with a Game 7 loss in the World Series.

The 1947 Dodgers broke baseball’s most infamous unwritten rule, and changed the game forever. No African-American player had set foot on a major league diamond in over half a century before Jackie Robinson trotted out from the Ebbets Field dugout with his first baseman’s mitt.

Burt Shotton was not the Dodgers’ manager that day, but he took over a mere two games later with the team still reeling from the suspension of previous manager Leo Durocher. Shotton expertly guided the club, led by Robinson and Pee Wee Reese, to the NL pennant with a 94-60 record before coming up tantalizingly short against the crosstown Yankees.

Dodgers ring photo courtesy of Worthridge
Dodgers ring photo courtesy of Worthridge

The ring being auctioned this month was presented to Shotton following that 1947 season, and remained in his possession until his death in 1962. It comes directly from the Shotton estate with impeccable provenance. This incomparable relic celebrates the most tumultuous and significant season ever endured by a professional baseball team.

Worthridge is proud to present this ring and an impressive array of other sports memorabilia, including the Reggie White Collection, in its Summer Sports Auction, running from June 8 to June 29.

Worthridge is the culmination of over 20 years of sports memorabilia and collectibles experience. The company began as a small baseball card store, and over the years has supplied the industry’s largest auction houses with some of the finest memorabilia to ever enter the market.

Worthridge will host a live preview of the auction on Saturday, June 21, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

If you’d like more information about this, or to schedule an interview, please email Lindsay Kohl at [email protected], or contact our office during normal business hours, Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern time.