NJ Girl Returns Lost World Series Ring

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She was not even born, yet 11-year-old Kate Drury may have made the greatest catch of the 1960 World Series. The New Jersey fifth grader found an actual Pittsburgh Pirates Championship ring, belonging to the team's then assistant scouting director, at local ice rink.

The ring belonged to 82-year-old Merrill Hess, who was heartbroken when he realized he had lost the famous ring. That 1960 World Series ended when second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic bottom of the ninth inning game 7 home run to beat the heavily favored New York Yankees.

Hess's daughter, Arlan, told the Star Ledger she had put out on the internet that she was looking for her father's ring.

Kate Drury had spotted the valuable ring at the Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown in February and posted a response on the internet that she discovered an old worn down ring belonging to "Merrill Mess."

Finally a connection was made and Hess's daughter met young Kate and the ring was returned.

"It has really restored my faith that people want to do the right thing, said Arlan Hess.

In exchange for Kate's honesty the Hess family gave her a gift certificate, a check and an autographed photograph from the 1960 series.

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