April 25, 2018

Perhaps this is saddest and most disgusting story this blog has ever reported. Hopefully these championship items will be returned to Twin’s-Great Frank Viola’s family:

Frank Viola family championship rings

The photo above shows a championship diamond pendant that matches the top of the World Series ring that was gifted by Frank Viola to his mother-in-law after the Minnesota Twins won the 1987 World Series. That item and other championship rings have been reported stolen.

Kathy Viola, Frank’s wife, tweeted that the pendant was stolen a few days after her mother, Adella Daltas, passed away, reportedly on April 4.

Kathy Viola’s first tweet about the theft occurred on April 9. Then to make matters worse, she tweeted again on April 22, and mentioned that their daughter’s 2012 London Olympics ring, college championship ring, and high school state championship and graduation rings were also taken in the theft.

Perhaps the most sickening part of this story comes from the Star Tribune, which reported that a burglar stole the jewelry from the Viola’s daughter, Brittany, during the funeral.

Brittany Viola was a two-time (2008, 2011) NCAA champion diver at the University of Miami and she competed in the 2012 London Olympics for Team USA.

Frank Viola was the Most Valuable Player of the 1987 World Series and then the following season was awarded the American League Cy Young award when he compiled a 24-7 record and a 2.64 ERA with the Twins.

If anyone has any information on this matter, please contact the police.

Please remember I buy championship rings (never stolen or “found” ones). If you would like to sell your championship ring in complete privacy, please contact me.

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