(Dearborn County, Ind.) – A former Cincinnati Reds player’s World Series ring was auctioned off this week, and it may help build a new baseball field in Dearborn County.
Scott Williamson was the 1999 National League Rookie of the Year as the closer with the Cincinnati Reds. He was a reliever with the Boston Red Sox when the team won its first championship in 86 years in 2004.
Williamson announced last week he had put his World Series ring up for bid through Cincinnati auctioneers Everything But The House. Bidding ended Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. with the historic ring going for $89,000.
Williamson has told the Boston Herald he plans to use the money to build an indoor baseball facility in West Harrison near the Indiana-Ohio state line.
According to the item listing on the auctioneer website, “Williamson intends to use a significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of the ring to construct and administer a youth indoor/outdoor baseball academy. The academy would provide fields tailored to younger age groups featuring grass infields and pitching mounds with dimensions corresponding to youth rules. An inflatable bubble will allow year-round instruction unique to the Midwestern section of the country. The sale of the ring will be the start of a new direction for Scott and hopefully lead to a lifetime of continued involvement in the sport that has defined him to date.”
Williamson lives in Dearborn County. He retired from the major leagues in 2007.