The current design of the Commissioner's Trophy (2004 World Series)
The Commissioner's Trophy is presented each year by the Commissioner of Baseball to the Major League Baseball team that wins the World Series. Recent trophy designs contain flags representing each team in North America's top two leagues, the National League and the American League. The two participating teams in that year's World Series were previously represented by two press pins set on the base of the trophy. It is the only championship trophy of the four major sports in the United States that is not named after a particular person (contrasting with the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup, the National Football League's Vince Lombardi Trophy, and the National Basketball Association's Larry O'Brien Trophy).
Although it did not receive its current name until 1985, the trophy was first awarded in 1967, when the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox. A new Commissioner's Trophy is created each year, much like the Lombardi Trophy and the O'Brien Trophy; in contrast, the Stanley Cup is passed from champion to champion. Since its inception, the only year that the Commissioner's Trophy has not been awarded was 1994, when the players' strike ended the season on August 11, resulting in the cancellation of the entire post-season. The New York Yankees have won the most Commissioner's Trophies (seven World Series wins since 1967). The St. Louis Cardinals hold the record for the most trophies won in the National League (four wins). The latest trophy was awarded to the National League's San Francisco Giants, who won the 2012 World Series.
The current trophy was redesigned in 1999 for the 2000 World Series and made by Tiffany & Co. The original trophy was designed by Lawrence Voegele, of Owatonna, Minnesota. The trophy is 24 inches (61 cm) tall, excluding the base, and has a diameter of 11 inches (28 cm). It weighs approximately 30 pounds (14 kg) and is made of sterling silver. The trophy features 30 gold-plated flags, one for each of the Major League teams, which rise above a silver baseball covered with latitude and longitude lines that symbolize the world. The baseball also contains 24-karat vermeil baseball stitches. The base contains an inscription of the signature of the commissioner, as well as the words "Presented by the Commissioner of Baseball". The new design was presented for the first time at the conclusion of the 2000 World Series, won by the Yankees.
Trophy designs 
The trophy from the 1983 World Series; this side-angle view shows the inscriptions on the team flags.
Note the pins in the base below the baseball signifying the two participating teams on the 1984 World Series Trophy.
The current design of the Commissioner's Trophy, won by the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series
See also 
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