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First League Championship Trophy is Commissioned
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"The Wiman trophy, despite the doubts expressed above, was designed and created expressly to be awarded to the winner of the American Association pennant. Absolutely unique because it is the only trophy intended explicitly for an American Association championship club, it was commissioned by the owner of the New York Metropolitans, Erastus Wiman, in 1886.
Other trophies and pennants of the 19th century — the Hall Cup, The Police Gazette Trophy and Pennant, the (William Chase) Temple Cup, and The Pittsburg Chronicle–Telegraph Trophy — were exclusively awarded to National League champions. The 19th century (Helen) Dauvray Cup trophy and medals were reserved for the world champions and were awarded to the winning team at the conclusion of the World Series."
Robert H Shaefer, "The Wiman Trophy, and the Man for Whom It was Named, Base Ball, Vol. I №2 (2007), p. 55.
[Reprised in John Thorn's Our Game blog, 2/14/2022]
Erastus Wiman, Owner of the American Association's New York Metropolitan Club commissioned a silver trophy for the championship of the 1887 season of the American Association.Edit with form to add a comment
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|Submitted by||John Thorn|
|Submission Note||FB posting, 2/14/22|
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