Former Sooner Baseball Player Reunited With 1951 Championship Ring

Monday, November 18th 2013, 5:14 pm
By: Karl Torp

A ring commemorating an Oklahoma Sooner National Championship in baseball from 1951 is back with its owner after being lost for decades.

Charles Pugsley, 89, played on the title winning team.

"I knocked the winning run in when we won the championship," says Pugsley, about the tournament held in Omaha, Nebraska.

Over the years, Pugsley and his wife raised a family, had careers and forgot about his championship ring.

The former centerfielder and World War II veteran had no idea when or where he had misplaced the ring. He told News 9, it was probably gone for at least 40 years.

This weekend, the Pugsleys are holding an estate sale at their OKC home. Matt McNeil, who is organizing the sale, found the ring a few days ago after going through all the items for sale. The ring had managed to get under some shelving paper covering a drawer on a dresser.

"I lifted it up, because I always throw away the shelf paper…and there it was," says McNeil.

Pugsley is forever grateful to have the ring back and now sleeps with it on his finger.

"I have to sleep with my hand closed so it won't fall off," says Pugsley. "It is the greatest reminder of the greatest days of my life."