Philadelphia Phillies’ World Series Championship Trophy Displayed at Little League Museum
Major League Baseball fans visited the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 14 to see The Commissioner’s Trophy, better known as the Major League Baseball World Series Championship Trophy, won by the Philadelphia Phillies in five games over the Tampa Bay Rays.
With an estimated value of $15,000, the trophy weighs nearly 30 pounds and is crafted out of more than 200 troy ounces of sterling silver by master artisans at Tiffany & Company. Not including the base, the trophy is 24-inches high and has a diameter of 11 inches.
The trophy was on public display in the lobby of the museum.
“It was a wonderful chance for area residents to see the trophy up close and at no charge,” Janice L. Ogurcak, Little League Museum Director, said.
“The trophy has taken on rock star status,” Leigh Tobin, Director of Public Relations for the Phillies said. “It is very popular; however it’s under strict time restraints due to a tight schedule to reach as many people as possible.”
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum was the first free public stop on the trophy’s public tour, which will include Philadelphia and the surrounding tri-state area.
The Commissioner’s Trophy also was on display prior to the annual Hot Stove Banquet hosted by the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies’ single-A short season affiliate. The coveted trophy has been to Las Vegas and will be heading to spring training in Florida.
Baseball Hall of Fame Broadcaster Harry Kalas, the voice of the Phillies, attended the banquet at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport, as did Sarah “Salty” Ferguson, who played for the famed Rockford Peaches of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ (who began his career in the New York- Penn League playing for Batavia) and new Crosscutters manager Chris Truby.
Major League Baseball commissioned Tiffany & Company to create the World Series trophy in 2000. That trophy was won by the New York Yankees.
The 2008 trophy features 30 flags, representing each Major League team. The hand-furled flags rise above an arched silver ox baseball with latitude and longitude lines symbolizing the world and 24-karat vermeil stitches representing those on a baseball. The baseball itself weighs more than 10 pounds.
Engraved on the base are the words: “Presented by the Commissioner of Baseball” along with the signature of Baseball Commissioner Allan G. (Bud) Selig.
The first World Series trophy was created by Major League Baseball in 1967 and was won by the St. Louis Cardinals. It is called The Commissioner’s Trophy because it is awarded by the Baseball Commissioner to the owner(s), general manager and manager of the championship team. Each year, one full-sized trophy is created and awarded to the winners.
Originally the trophy presentation took place in the clubhouse, but in 1997 the presentation to the Florida Marlins was held on the field for the first time. Currently, home teams have a ceremony on the field, while visiting teams receive the trophy in the clubhouse.
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum hosted an exhibit featuring the Philadelphia Phillies from June through December.
Anthony Pastore, of Williamsport, and the “Phillie Phantic” pose for a picture with the Major League Baseball World Series Trophy. The trophy’s public tour began in Williamsport, and also made an appearance at an event later in the evening for the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Phillies single-A short season baseball team. Also on had to greet museum visitors were “Boomer,” the Crosscutters’ mascot, and Little League Baseball and Softball mascot, Dugout.
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday from Labor Day through Memorial Day. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The facility is accessible to the disabled.
Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; $1.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. Group rates and tours are available. The museum also offers birthday parties and after-hours facility rentals.
The museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.
For more information, call the museum at (570) 326-3607; or visit http://www.littleleague.org/Learn_More/museum.htm.