BEYOND THE BLUE BOX
Byline: Wendy Hessen
Anyone wanting a peak at the trophy that will be carried home by either the Yanks or the Mets should drop by Tiffany. Until the champion of the subway series is decided, the trophy, created this summer by the American jeweler, is on display on the first floor of Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue flagship.
Tiffany has a long history with sports. The company has been commissioned to create numerous awards and trophies, the best-known of which is probably the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the Super Bowl. For baseball, Tiffany has also created the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award and the Home Run Derby trophy.
Unlike other sports, which pass championship trophies from winner to winner, baseball’s version — called the Commissioner’s Trophy — is made fresh each year and presented to the winning World Series team. The sterling silver prize stands 24 inches high and features 30 flags — one for each Major League team — surrounding a baseball accented with 24-karat vermeil stitches.
Legend even has it that Tiffany was the original creator of the Yankees fabled “NY” insignia. A Tiffany spokeswoman confirmed the lore, although she said there’s nothing in the jeweler’s archives that definitively proves the story.
“Tiffany created the Rhinelander medal, which was given to policemen by the New York Police Department,” she explained, “and the [Yankees] insignia might have been inspired by a design on that award.”