KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Willie Wilson was surprised with a new ring, for his part in winning the 1985 World Series, at a book signing in Kansas City, Mo.
After Wilson spoke at the Negro Leagues Museum in support of his new autobiography Tuesday, he was presented with a ring funded by friends and created to replace the one he was forced to sell in a 2001 bankruptcy auction, the Kansas City star reported Wednesday.
Wilson, 58, wiped away tears and said, "This is the best surprise I've had in a long time. Of all the things I lost, this is the only thing I treasured."
Helen Mohr, who oversees Wilson's charitable foundation and presented the ring to Wilson, said the group of friends raised $9,000 to purchase the ring.
Wilson played for the Royals, Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs during a 19-year career in Major League Baseball.