In 1952, the St. Louis Browns
were managed by Rogers Hornsby. While Hornsby
was one of baseball's greatest players in his
day, his demanding demeanor was not appreciated
by his players.
In the summer of 1952, the Browns players got
together and asked the team owner, Bill Veeck,
to fire Hornsby. Veeck, a real players' owner,
fired Hornsby. The happy Browns players gave Veeck
this trophy. The inscription reads:
"To Bill Veeck - For the greatest play since
the Emancipation Proclamation. June 10, 1952.
From the players of the St. Louis Browns."