From the beginning, I wondered . . . what's the significance of the number 77? The topic came up today at an office lunch, and someone opined that the 77 derives from the ring being modeled on the Giants' 1933 ring "which was the first world series ring ever. And there are 77 seasons between 1933 and 2010.
I knew the part about being the first ring was wrong--the first was the Giants from their 1922 victory. It does turn out that the ring was "inspired by" the 1933 version:
I don't buy the notion that the 77 stones relates to the years between 1933 and 2010. So what if the current ring is modeled on 1933? Why would you choose to honor that somewhat random gap of years by the number of stones.
My only supposition has been that maybe there were 77 rings awarded. Baseball Reference has 42 players who made appearances for the major league club. I figure the other 35 would have gone to management, clubhouse personnel, and the broadcasters. But I admit my theory is just a wild guess.
Does anyone know the real rationale? Or, per another theory in my office, is it just "they needed 77 stones to spell out what they needed to spell out on the rings."