The story behind the World Series trophy

It’s the crown jewel of professional baseball: The Commissioners Trophy for The World Series Championship. And this year, the Atlanta Braves took it home.

“You see that trophy on TV, and nobody realizes that thing is two feet tall and weighs almost thirty pounds,” Matthew Greenway said.

Greenway is a trophy maker for Specialty Engraving in Suwanee. He says he has a special appreciation for the world title trophy.

“It’s a beautiful trophy. It’s a nice piece of work,” Greenway said.

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The trophy, crafted by Tiffany and Company, contains more than 200 troy ounces of silver. Thirty gold-plated flags circle the base representing each Major League team. At the center is a silver plated baseball with longitude and latitude lines representing the world.

Eric Marcus of Royal Trophies in East Point said the design of the trophy is superb.

“A trophy of this magnitude, I can only imagine a group of people were behind the process. It is a work of art,” Marcus said.


The first World Series trophy was awarded in 1967 to the St. Louis Cardinals. The design has evolved over the decades, with the trophy becoming larger and more elaborate.

“And just the man hours and labor that goes into it, is overwhelming. And to see the final product the way it is, it’s an amazing feat,” Greenway said.

Only a precious few have the honor and glory of hoisting the World Series trophy. Greenway said he would love to be one of them.

“Just to hold it, have my picture taken with it. It would be an awesome thing to have for sure,” Greenway said.

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The cost of making the World Series trophy is estimated between $20,000 to $30,000. Players and coaches of the winning team also receive World Series rings.