LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Thieves broke into the home of long-time Royals athletic trainer Mickey Cobb and stole his 1985 World Series championship ring – just two days before the team is set to take on the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
“Knowing that someone came in and stole it, and the strong possibility that I’ll never see it again is really sickening,” Cobb told FOX 4 in an exclusive interview Wednesday night of the burglary. “It makes you feel sick to your stomach.”
On Thursday, FOX 4 learned the good news: The ring was recovered by the FBI. Two people were taken into custody.
Cobb spent two decades as an athletic trainer with the Royals, working first with the minor league teams in Florida and Nebraska. He then became head trainer with the major league team in Kansas City, serving from 1977 until 1990.
During his time with the team, he acquired a lot of memorabilia that's still on display in his Lee's Summit home, including baseball bats, photos with Royals greats like George Brett, and of course, his very own 1985 World Series championship ring.
“Of course it is the absolute centerpiece of that year,” Cobb said of the ring. “Any player or person connected with a professional sport hopes that they can reach their pinnacle and get the ring, so to speak.”
That championship ring is a priceless possession for Cobb, and it’s now gone. He said thieves broke into his home Tuesday while he was running errands, and made off with jewelry, a credit card, and his 1985 World Series ring.
“I’m a little bit sad about it,” Cobb said of losing his prized possession. “It's not a situation that if somebody had asked me, I’d give it to them because I certainly wouldn't. It does mean an awful lot.”
Cobb filed a report with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, and said deputies talked with local pawn shops and jewelry stores telling them to be on the lookout for the ring, which has Cobb’s name on it, along with Royals and 1985.
It’s a good luck charm he hoped to wear as the Boys in Blue kick off the 2015 postseason, and one he’s anxious to get back on his hand.
“It's a visual indication of being with a group of men who did a job well done,” Cobb said, “and it's a memory of those players…If you do have that ring, I’d appreciate you bringing it back.”