Willie Wilson (sorta) got his 1985 World Series ring back

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Ex-Royal Willie Wilson ran into a rough patch after his playing career ended. He had to file for bankruptcy in 2001 and part of that involved selling his 1985 World Series ring.

Now he has another 1985 World Series ring: The Royals gave Wilson’s business partner permission to have an exact duplicate of the ring made.  She led a fundraising effort to get $9,000 to have the work done by Balfour Jewelry, the company which made the original 1985 World Series ring. It was presented to Wilson while he was promoting his autobiography at the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City on Tuesday.

A nice gesture for a guy who has had a lot of ups and downs in his life and career but who has always bounced back.

Long time NL umpire Dutch Rennert has died

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MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.

Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”

It was quite the scene, man:

 

I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.

Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.