06 Mar Famous Baseball Trophies
The most famous baseball trophies in the world are in Major League Baseball in the United States. Every year The World Series champions are determined in a series of playoffs that virtually stop the nation.
Although the term ‘World Series’ is a little stretch of the imagination, given that it is only played in the United States, there is no doubting that the American baseball league is the premier contest in world baseball.
So, almost without a shadow of a doubt, the most famous baseball Trophy in the world is the World Series championship.
Some of the most famous American players have become household names around the world. For instance, there are very few people who have not heard of Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb. But what is it about these men that made them famous? ‘
Ty Cobb is quoted as saying ‘baseball is a red-blooded sport for red-blooded men. It’s no pink tea, and mollycoddles had better stay out. It’s a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest.’ He was certainly a hard-nosed player and in fact received the most votes of any player in the inaugural Hall of Fame ballot. He set 90 Major league baseball records during his career and still holds the highest career batting average of .367. But it is his competitive nature and aggressiveness on the field, including some criticism over racist taunts, which coloured his reputation than most.
On the other hand, George Herman Ruth, otherwise fondly known as Babe Ruth played for 21 years and has been named as the greatest baseball player in history. His record of 714 home runs remained a record for 39 years until was broken in 1974.
Joseph DiMaggio, otherwise known as Joltin’ Joe, played his entire career for the New York Yankees, winning the most valuable player award three times. He was named an All Star 13 times. In fact, he is the only player in the history of the game to be selected for the All Star game in every season he played. He is probably most fondly remembered for achieving a 56 game hitting streak which has been called baseball’s ‘most glorious’ achievement.
If baseball can be called the sport with the most desirable trophies, the World Series, perhaps room should be made for a trophy to be awarded for the most famous mistakes. Baseball fans are unforgiving in their nature and are quick to ridicule a mistake that loses a game.
The most infamous mistake in baseball was probably committed by Bill Buckner playing in game six of the 1986 World Series.
He was playing for the Boston Red Sox who were leading the series 3 games to 2 and were tied in the bottom of the 10th inning. New York, their opponents, had just scored two runs to tie the score. When a regulation ground ball was hit to Buckner at first base, he famously missed the ball and it rolled under his legs allowing Ray Knight to score from second, giving the Mets a home win. The Mets went on to win the World Series in seven games.
Despite the fact that Bill but they had played an integral role in getting the Red Sox to the finals in the first place, he is only ever remembered for that one famous mistake.