Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The 1887 World Series: Miss Duavray's Cup

Miss Helen Dauvray telegraphed President Von der Ahe yesterday that the Dauvray Cup and medals had been forwarded to him, and would reach [St. Louis] tomorrow.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 7, 1887

Miss Helen Dauvray, who would marry John Montgomery Ward on October 12, donated a trophy that was given to the winner of the world's series in 1887, 1888 and 1889. It seems natural enough that they (or she) named it the Dauvray Cup. Sadly, to the best of my knowledge, the Cup is now lost. The New York Times, which referred to the thing as Miss Duavray's Cup, described it as being solid silver and of exquisite craftsmanship. The pins (or Miss Duavray's Pins) were made of gold.

I think we need something like this today, rather than that dull World Series trophy we have today. We need a Cup for teams to fight over. Can't we find an actress to donate a Cup and some medals? I think Alyssa Milano would do it. She's a big baseball fan. Wouldn't it be a better world if the winner of the World Series received the Miss Milano's Cup?

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