He was the consummate role player, one of those unsung Orioles who, in 1983, came off the bench, cold, to plug a hole or to hit in a pinch.
Joe Nolan did it right — he has a World Series ring to prove it.
"I keep [the ring] in a Ziploc bag, in the drawer," said Nolan, 59, then a backup catcher for the Orioles. "It's beautiful, but I'm not a jewelry-type guy. Even wearing a watch bothers me. But I'll wear [the band] to weddings, or to my daughters' graduations, or to an anniversary dinner with my wife."
He earned the ring. Twenty-eight years ago, in the Orioles' last championship season, Nolan hit a healthy .277 and spelled Rick Dempsey, the star catcher who was named Most Valuable Player of the World Series.