The Lexington Legends have had a number of special guests over the years, mostly of the Kentucky basketball variety such as famous ex-Cats John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins and former UK coach Billy Gillispie. And they famously hosted pitcher Roger Clemens for his comeback stint prior to the PED controversy that now shadows his career.
Among the many great things about this weekend’s special guest is that if it ever gets tarnished , they can just polish it right back up.
The Kansas City Royals’ 2015 World Series trophy makes an appearance in Lexington this weekend with the club’s minor-league affiliate Lexington Legends at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The Commissioner’s Trophy will be on display for fans from 6:15 p.m. until the end of the fifth inning on Friday and Saturday as the Legends play the Rome Braves.
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Things to know about The Commissioner’s Trophy:
▪ The first World Series trophy was awarded in 1967 to the St. Louis Cardinals.
▪ There was no “World Series” trophy prior to 1967, although there were a couple attempts at awarding a postseason trophy prior to 1900. They didn’t stick.
▪ Worlds Series rings have been awarded to players since at least 1922. Prior to that, players got some other form of commemoration, including pocket watches and pendants.
▪ It has been named The Commissioner’s Trophy since 1985 and contains the words “Presented by the Commissioner of Baseball” and the commissioner’s signature.
▪ Prior to 1997, the trophy presentation was made in the clubhouse, but then-MLB Commissioner Bud Selig opted to present it on the field in front of the fans when the Florida Marlins won it. It has remained a field presentation since.
▪ A new trophy is made each year for the World Series champions.
▪ Since 2000, the trophy has been created by Tiffany & Co.
▪ It takes more than three months to craft.
▪ It is made from more than 200 troy ounces of sterling silver, making its meltdown worth only about $2,700 at current silver prices.
▪ It stands about 30 inches tall.
▪ It weighs about 30 pounds.
▪ It has a diameter of 11 inches.
▪ It has 30 gold plated flags representing every Major League Baseball franchise.
▪ Kansas City’s trophy had to be cleaned and polished after the team’s celebration stained it with sparkling wine and other beverages.
▪ During its cleaning, it was also engraved with “Kansas City Royals” opposite of “World Series Champions” along its base and engraved similarly underneath the base.
▪ When it returned from the engraver, the Royals almost immediately put the trophy on tour for their fan base, traveling around Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. It’s now making its way through the Royals affiliate organizations.
A special VIP package is available Friday for up to 75 fans and offers access to the trophy for photos from 5 to 6 p.m. and a Q&A session with Curt Nelson, director of the Royals Hall of Fame where the trophy is normally on display. The package also includes a replica of the trophy and a box seat to Friday’s game. The first 1,000 fans on Saturday will get a Kansas City Royals World Series championship car flag.
If you go
What: View the Kansas City Royals’ World Series championship trophy.
Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark
When: 6:15 p.m. until the end of the fifth inning Friday and Saturday. Special VIP viewing from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday for $45 and includes replica trophy and box seat.