While men’s rings are big business, there’s one ring that most boys grow up dreaming about possessing at some point: a championship ring. Championship rings imply that you are at the pinnacle of the game. May it be baseball, basketball, soccer or baseball, championships are exactly what the business is all about.
Whether or not you allow championships define you frequently has to do with how your livelihood goes. If you have won them you wouldn’t alter them in for anything. If you haven’t, hey, you would have enjoyed one but you’re a great overall player. Two of the most well-known all-time great players to never win a championship within their game were soccer quarterback Dan Marino and baseball shortstop Ernie Banks. Marino’s Miami Dolphins created the Super Bowl his first season, then dropped and never made it back. Although he held many records at the conclusion of his profession, he’s called the greatest quarterback to never win a Super Bowl.
History judges Ernie Banks somewhat kinder. A Hall of Fame shortstop for the Chicago Cubs in the 60’s, Banks performed a few notoriously bad (and some say cursed) Cubs teams that famously did not win a playoff series for about a century. Due to this (and the fact that he’s so likable) Banks generally receives a pass and has been one of the most beloved players in Cubs history.
Going to the other side of the spectrum, winning multiple championships requires not only skill but longevity. While hundreds of players have won multiple championships, three stand over everybody else. Of these three, two players lead with championships each: basketball’s Bill Russell and baseball’s Henri Richard. Both players were key factors in two of their greatest dynasties in sports history. Playing forward for the Boston Celtics, Russell won his twenty five championships in only ten seasons for example eight consecutive titles from 1959-1966.
In baseball, treasured catcher of this dominate 50’s and 60’s Yankees dynasty, Yogi Berra, holds the record with ten rings.
While children may dream of winning a championship someday in their favorite sport, few could imagine winning enough to fill each finger on both hands. It’s 1 thing to be on a team that wins, it’s a whole other point to be on twenty one of these. These are the best.