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Tom Ricketts, chairman and owner of the Chicago Cubs, presented Charles S. Allen, chairman of the Sloan Valve Co., with the team’s 2016 World Series Championship ring.
The 14-karat white gold ring features the Cubs bulls-eye logo, crafted from 33 rubies that surrounded by 72 diamonds, surrounded by a ring of sapphires. The bezel is surrounded by 108 diamonds – one for every year it took the team to win the Series again.
Overall, the ring contains 214 diamonds at 5.5 carats, 3 carats of rubies and 2.5 carats of sapphires.
The W flag takes up one side of the ring with the Commissioner’s Trophy on the other.
“WE NEVER QUIT” is written on the bottom of the ring’s outer band. The date and time the Cubs won the series along with the full series record is engraved on the inside of the ring.
Finally, a tiny goat is engraved on the part of the ring that’s underneath the ring finger. As any Cub fan knows, the Curse of Billy Goat goes back to the Tigers-Cubs World Series game in 1945 when Billy Goat Tavern owner Billy Sianis was told to leave Wrigley Field because the odor of his pet goat was bothering spectators. As a result, Sianis cursed the Cubs, saying they would never win a World Series again. That was, in fact, the last time the team was in the World Series until the big win last year.
The Sloan Valve Co.’s flush valves have long been used in the trough urinals in the men’s restrooms at Wrigley Field.
In 2015, the company bought the naming rights to the team’s spring training field in Meza, Arizona. Sloan is also the Cubs Official Water Efficiency Partner. Last year, as part of a stadium renovation, a new addition to Wrigley Field features Sloan’s lineup of products including Sloan’s sensor faucets, soap dispensers, toilets, urinals and flushometers.