Six players and key coaching staff to be recognized on field
(MEMPHIS) – The St. Louis Cardinals General Manager, John Mozeliak, will present six Memphis Redbirds players as well as key members of the coaching staff tonight, Tuesday, May 8, with their 2011 World Series Championship rings during a pre-game ceremony on the field.
The six players being recognized include Adron Chambers, Mark Hamilton, Brandon Dickson, Pete Kozma, Maikel Cleto and Eduardo Sanchez for contributing to the Championship by playing on the Cardinals Major League roster during the 2011 season. Ron ‘Pop’ Warner, Blaise Ilsley, Mark Budaska and Sean Johnson are the key coaching staff who will receive their rings during the ceremony as well.
The top of the ring features the classic Cardinal bird-on-bat crafted out of faceted red rubies and surrounded by a 14 karat yellow gold frame that brings out the deep red color in the authentic rubies. The rest of the ring is made of 14 karat white gold. Surrounding the bird on top is a field of 103 round diamonds. The words “WORLD CHAMPIONS” frame the iconic insignia with diamonds set behind words which is a first in championship ring design.
The opposite side of the ring features Busch Stadium’s Gate 3 bridge including the famous Musial Statue underneath with a ruby-embellished “11” sitting above the phrase “World Series Titles”. The years 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982 and 2006 are displayed on the bottom shank of the ring to give prominence to the team’s 10 previous World Series titles and connect this year’s team with the earlier Cardinals World Series champion teams.