The Atlanta Braves is it so getting closer to a new World Series title, since they are 3-1 on the Houston Astros. Among all the hype generated by these 7 (or less) games is the now famous trophy ceremony that is presented on the diamond.
What few of us know is that this championship reminder is named after one of the most important characters in MLB: The Commissioner. That role, which is often complicated and involves decisions that do not please the rest, is the same one that has a certain role at the end of the World Series.
This trophy was first delivered in 1967 to the St. Louis Cardinals, after beating the Boston Red Sox, but the name “Of The Commissioner” was added until 1985. The design is usually very similar because it is created differently each year.
However, before there were big changes in the trophy awarded to the World Series champion team. At first it was the Dauvray Cup in honor of actress Helen Dauvray. Once it disappeared, the Temple Cup.
Trophy measurements and design
It measures 61 centimeters high without counting the base and its diameter is 28 centimeters. The weight amounts to approximately 14 kilograms and it is mostly made of silver. The flags are the exception, as there are 30, they represent each of the MLB teams and are made with gold.
At the base we can see the signature of the commissioner, who today is Rob manfred. Also, the phrase “Presented by the Commissioner of Baseball” and “World Series Champions” are recorded. The original design is from Balfour Jewelers.
As a curious fact, this is the only trophy from sports leagues in the United States and Canada that does not bear a person’s name in particular. The Vince Lombardi or the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy are just a few examples.
And to all this … what is the origin of the name of the World Series?
One of the most common explanations, but erroneous, is the one that attributes the name of World Series to the sponsorship of the New York World Telegram newspaper. However, the true origin is related to Barney dreyfruss, who owned the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 1903 he was in charge of “Challenge” the Boston Red Sox to a World Championship Series. This because the Pirates stood out as the best team in the National League and the Red Sox in the American.
However, the main argument for considering that as the first World Series has to do with the MLB. The organization of Major League Baseball recognizes it as the first in history, as it is the first confrontation between the champions of each League.
That is not to say that the final name was chosen in the blink of an eye. Only between 1903 and 1944, different proposals were made such as World’s Championship Games and World’s Championship Series.
Later, the World’s Championship and the World’s Series World’s Series Games appeared. Finally stayed World Series or World Series, which faces the best team in the American League and the best in the National. Yes indeed, divisional series were introduced until 1995.
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Meaning and history: What is the name of the trophy given to the World Series champion?