Gifted to new Cardinals manager at first St. Louis home game1909 Roger Bresnahan Presentational Trophy Loving Cup. It's one of two gorgeous trophy cups presented within this Platinum Night auction, each a token of esteem gifted to the newly-installed manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in the earliest weeks of his reign. This one, in fact, dates to the Robison Field home opener, a contest that would see the Tinker, Evers and Chance-era Cubs cruise to a seven to three victory over the host club.
Bresnahan had been one of the greatest stars of the New York Giants, a perpetual National League front-runner, and the Cardinals ownership recruited the elite backstop in the hopes of ending nearly two decades of futility on the field and dwindling attendance in the stands. Ultimately, only one of those goals would come to fruition, as the 1909 Cardinals only narrowly averted a 100-loss season but saw ticket sales swell from just over 200,000 in 1908 to nearly 300,000 for Bresnahan's first campaign.
The listed relic speaks to the excitement surrounding the arrival of one of the sport's greatest names, particularly among those St. Louis residents sharing Bresnahan's Irish roots. The three-handled cup is impressively adorned with figural foliage and engraved on the side as follows:
"Presented by The American Sons of Erin of St. Louis To Roger P. Bresnahan, St. Louis Cardinals At Opening Game, April 22, 1909, Caed Mille Falthe [translated from Gaelic: A Hundred Thousand Welcomes]."
The Duke of Tralee would serve four seasons as player/manager for the Cardinals, compiling a record of 255 victories and 352 defeats before departing for the Chicago Cubs in 1913 to close out his Hall of Fame career. The Roger Bresnahan Collection presented within this Platinum Night auction effectively represents the entirety of personally owned items ever made available to the collecting community, with this cup serving as one of its most significant components.
Heavy tarnishing and moderate surface wear evident, but no flaws of any significant distraction. Height is approximately sixteen inches (16"). Letter of provenance from the Bresnahan family.
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