• The World Series trophy is often referred to as the Commissioner’s Trophy

  • The Commissioner’s Trophy was first awarded in 1967

  • With seven titles since its introduction, the New York Yankees have lifted the trophy more than any other franchise


Scrolling through the MLB odds pages can take you in any direction, but it all ultimately leads to one place: The Commissioner’s Trophy.

The Commissioner’s Trophy is handed out to the World Series winners every season.

Those betting on baseball frequently are constantly speculating about which teams are best placed for a World Series run – every franchise enters Spring Training with dreams of lifting the famous trophy.

The best MLB dynasties are more than familiar with the Commissioner’s Trophy than most. For those that haven’t had the honour of holding it aloft, though, here’s all you need to know about MLB’s greatest prize.

First Awarded

The Commissioner’s Trophy was first awarded in 1967. It was a series loaded with Cooperstown talent – the St Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox in a seven-game series on the back of yet another heroic effort from Bob Gibson.

Orlando Cepeda, Lou Brock and Steve Carlton also took the field for the Cards.

Those two iconic franchises have featured in baseball betting tips frequently since the Commissioner’s Trophy was first awarded.

Only the Yankees have won the World Series more than St Louis and Boston since 1967 – the Cardinals and Red Sox are tied with the Athletics on four World Series triumph apiece.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, one of a triumvirate with three World Series wins since 1967, are the most recent team to lift the trophy after beating the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2020 World Series.

The Giants and Reds are tied with the Dodgers on three World Series each since the Commissioner’s Trophy was introduced.

Trophy Design

Made of sterling silver, the Commissioner’s Trophy features 30 flags, representing every team in Major League Baseball. The flags stand up from a silver base, which has longitude and latitude lines, intending to represent the world.

The silver base contains an engraved signature from the Commissioner.

It also has the phrase ‘Presented By The Commissioner Of Baseball’ – the Commissioner comes onto the field at the end of the World Series to present the trophy to the winning team.

A company by the name of Balfour Jewelers designed the original 1967 version.

This was worth around $20,000 accounting for inflation, but Tiffany & Co. re-designed a new version, which was unveiled at the turn of the century.

How Tall Is The World Series Trophy?

The Commissioner’s Trophy is 24 inches tall, excluding the base. It’s got a diameter of 11 inches.

This makes it almost 10 inches taller than the FIFA World Cup trophy, but considerably shorter than the Stanley Cup, which is over 35 inches tall in totality.

To give further comparison: The Super Bowl trophy, also made of sterling silver, is almost exactly the same height at the Commissioner’s Trophy.

The UEFA Champions League trophy is slightly taller than both, but still considerably smaller than the gargantuan Stanley Cup.

Commissioner's Trophy Weight

The trophy weighs roughly 14 kilograms. This is almost double the weight of the Champions League, and almost as heavy as the Stanley Cup.

Although not the biggest of the major sports trophies, MLB’s offering is among the heaviest. This is apparent when players are celebrating after winning the Fall Classic.

While NFL players are holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy above their heads one-handed, the Commissioner’s Trophy is usually clung onto with both hands.

World Series Trophy Winners List

  • 1967 – St Louis Cardinals

  • 1968 – Detroit Tigers

  • 1969 – New York Mets

  • 1970 – Baltimore Orioles

  • 1971 – Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 1972 – Oakland Athletics

  • 1973 – Oakland Athletics

  • 1974 – Oakland Athletics

  • 1975 – Cincinnati Reds

  • 1976 – Cincinnati Reds

  • 1977 – New York Yankees

  • 1978 – New York Yankees

  • 1979 – Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 1980 – Philadelphia Phillies

  • 1981 – Los Angeles Dodgers

  • 1982 – St Louis Cardinals

  • 1983 – Baltimore Orioles

  • 1984 – Detroit Tigers

  • 1985 – Kansas City Royals

  • 1986 – New York Mets

  • 1987 – Minnesota Twins

  • 1988 – Los Angeles Dodgers

  • 1989 – Oakland Athletics

  • 1990 – Cincinnati Reds

  • 1991 – Minnesota Twins

  • 1992 – Toronto Blue Jays

  • 1993 – Toronto Blue Jays

  • 1994 – NO WORLD SERIES – PLAYER STRIKE

  • 1995 – Atlanta Braves

  • 1996 – New York Yankees

  • 1997 – Florida Marlins

  • 1998 – New York Yankees

  • 1999 – New York Yankees

  • 2000 – New York Yankees

  • 2001 – Arizona Diamondbacks

  • 2002 – Anaheim Angels

  • 2003 – Florida Marlins

  • 2004 – Boston Red Sox

  • 2005 – Chicago White Sox

  • 2006 – St Louis Cardinals

  • 2007 – Boston Red Sox

  • 2008 – Philadelphia Phillies

  • 2009 – New York Yankees

  • 2010 – San Francisco Giants

  • 2011 – St Louis Cardinals

  • 2012 – San Francisco Giants

  • 2013 – Boston Red Sox

  • 2014 – San Francisco Giants

  • 2015 – Kansas City Royals

  • 2016 – Chicago Cubs

  • 2017 – Houston Astros

  • 2018 – Boston Red Sox

  • 2019 – Washington Nationals

  • 2020 – Los Angeles Dodgers


*Credit for the main photo belongs to Patrick Semansky / AP Photo*

 

FIRST PUBLISHED: 5th February 2021

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Sam is a sports tipster, specialising in the Premier League and Champions League.

He covers most sports, including cricket and Formula One. Sam particularly enjoys those on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean – notably MLB and NBA.

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