When high school baseball player Ryan Alexander was breaking in his new first-base glove last weekend, the last thing he expected to find was a man's wedding ring nudged in between the glove's fingers.
"He said, 'There's something in here, Mom. What is it?'" Holly Alexander told GoodMorningAmerica.com of her 16-year-old son. "And then he pulled the ring out."
Alexander and Ryan had just purchased the glove the previous day, Feb. 16, from Academy, a sporting goods store where they live, in Waco, Tex.
Alexander called the store and spoke to a manager, who reported that no one had reported the ring missing. After thinking "for a couple of hours," Alexander decided to turn to social media and posted a photo of the ring on both her personal Facebook page and the Facebook page of a local television station, KWTX.
"An hour later the reporter messaged me and wanted to do a story, and that's where it all started," Alexander said.
Reporter Matt Howerton's story was broadcast on local affiliates throughout the state, including one that caught the eye of a co-worker of Rebecca Rumsey, whose husband, Chad, had lost his wedding band last week while trying on gloves himself while shopping for a softball glove for their daughter.
"He did not even realize that he had lost it until he went to leave the house and went to find it to put it on," Rebecca Rumsey told KWTX.
The ring was easily distinguishable because it had a very specific engraving on the inside, "I love my Marine."
Chad Rumsey, a former Marine, posted on KWTX's Facebook page that the ring was his and last night met the Alexanders at Academy to be reunited with his ring.
"Ryan said that [Rumsey] thanked him for being a good person, and it was a nice thing to keep it and try to find him," Alexander said. "He was really appreciative and just thanked him for doing the right thing."
Ryan, a high school sophomore, was also thanked by Academy for returning the ring with a $500 gift card for his team, two Louisville Slugger bats, and two gift cards to James Avery, the jeweler who made Rumsey's ring, according to KWTX.
"If it wasn't for social media, who knows, it probably never would have been found," said Alexander, who added that Chad Rumsey told her his military friends stationed in Afghanistan had even see the story there.
"It was an exciting thing to give it back," she said.