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7 Facts About Famous Sporting Trophies You Probably Do Not Know


pastedGraphic.png 17, 2020)--We all know about trophies presented to a winning team or an individual in different sports. However, what we do not know is the fun or interesting facts related to the trophies. There is less information regarding this, and most of the people are unaware of the facts. 

Most of the trophies that winners receive today for their excellent performance carry the name of the person who was the president of the sports club. Nonetheless, all popular trophies have stories to tell and share interesting facts. The information provided below gives complete details about seven exciting facts related to famous sporting trophies.

  1. The Claret Jug

The Claret Jug is a fancy silver cup awarded to the winner of the British Open. Tom Morris Junior won the open continuously for three years (1868-70). The trophy required £30. Although Tom won the next open in 1871, he could not get the award because it was not ready.

  1. Walker Cup

The name “Walker Cup” is after the president of the United States Golf Association. The winner of amateur golf competition between the British Isles and the United States receive the trophy. Matches became regular for every second year from 1922.

  1. Venus Rosewater Dish

The Venus Rosewater Dish is the Wimbledon single’s trophy awarded to ladies at the championship. The dish became part of the tennis family since 1886 and has become a pride in the sport. Rosewater dishes were popular in England, as it helped them to collect rosewater poured on the hands to wash. It is a copy of the pewter located in the Louvre.

  1. Ryder Cup

What makes Ryder Cup interesting is the fact that the winner does not receive any prize money for the competition even when the sport is a high-profile event. Usually conducted between the United States and Great Britain, the Ryder Cup is a men’s golf competition. Both the countries participate in it, which is biennial with changing venues. The cup remains exceptional and profound in the field of professional sports, given that the players receive no winning money.   

  1. Gordon Bennett Cup

James Gordon Bennett junior was a publisher for the New York Herald. He was a prominent individual and acquired the knack for sponsoring several sporting and exploration events held across the United States. He was the first person to sponsor the first-ever tennis match conducted in the United States and sponsored the trip of Henry Morton Stanley to find David Livingston in Africa. With the recognition that he possessed, he went on to establish Gordon Bennett cups for international yachting, for automobile racing, and for ballooning. Although the latter two no longer exist, the cup for ballooning continues even till today.

  1. Borg-Warner Trophy

The winner of the Indianapolis 500 motorsport competition receives the Borg-Warner trophy. The unique design and construction of the trophy have an exciting story. The cup stands 5 feet tall and weighs 45 kg. The surface of the trophy has the faces of the winners of the Indianapolis 500 competition from its start in 1911. While the original trophy sits in the hall of fame museum of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the winner of the competition receives a replica of the original that is 18-inches and termed as “Baby Borg.”

  1. FIFA World Cup

FIFA world cup attained recognition across the world within a short time. From 1930 to 1970, winners of the FIFA world cup received the Jules Rimet Trophy. The president initiated conducting the tournament after voting in the year 1929. The trophy carries the name of the president, Jules Rimet. Furthermore, according to the president, Rimet, stated that any nation that continues to win the trophy three times gets the chance to keep the award permanently. Brazil won the third world cup in 1970 and thus allowed to keep the trophy forever.