Baseball Media Center: The W.C. Matthews Trophy

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Harvard Baseball, the Ivy League has a new team trophy for the sport. The William Clarence Matthews Trophy will be dedicated in a brief ceremony prior to the April 29, 2006 doubleheader between Dartmouth and Harvard at O'Donnell Field in Boston.

Matthews, a Harvard graduate in the Class of 1905, was one of the true pioneer African-American athletes of the 20th century. You can read more about him by clicking here. The trophy's inscription honors Matthews and Ivy baseball:

The William Clarence Matthews Trophy:

Presented Annually to the Ivy League Baseball Championship Team Given by the Friends of Harvard Baseball to honor W.C. Matthews, Class of 1905, pioneer African-American athlete of the 20th century, legendary infielder for the Crimson, and prominent public figure thereafter; and to honor the storied history of Ivy baseball.

Dedicated April 29, 2006

The trophy is part of the league's ongoing development program to recognize team champions with artistic permanent trophies. Timothy Maslyn is the sculptor of this piece and the 16 others that have been a part of the trophy program.