A backup infielder for parts of three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, University of Miami product Wayne Krenchicki is best known for being demoted to the International League’s Rochester Red Wings on August 7, 1981. Seemingly inconsequential at the time, that move made room for 20-year-old Cal Ripken, Jr. on the parent club. Krenchicki’s glory, however, is not limited to that demotion. In his own debut season, he played for the 1979 American League champions and was awarded this ring for his contributions. The stamped "LGB 10K" gold size 10-1/2 accessory features an topaz stone at the facing with “BALTIMORE ORIOLES” surrounding in symmetrically aligned raised letters. On the left shank, “KRENCHICKI” is engraved on a scroll and accented by the script-style “Orioles” and a round relief design with an engraved “6.” On the opposite shank, a scroll with a “1979” engraving is situated atop and engraved likeness of the Memorial Stadium facade and a relief likeness of the Oriole Bird. With luminous attributes and a gorgeous appearance, this October prize is a reminder of an underdog Earl Weaver-led squad who crushed the American League and came within one game of a Fall Classic title.
The rings were (as is baseball custom) likely presented to the players at a ceremony early in the following season. This is supported by the “6” on Krenchicki’s ring, as he wore numbers “12” and “45” in 1979, but was not issued “6” until 1980. It should be noted that the color enameling of team logos on both shanks has worn off, though the designs remain definitive.