Standing nearly 12" tall, is a silver-plated trophy formatted with a 5" diameter baseball sitting atop a 6" high pedestal base that has a diameter of 8-1/2" across the bottom and is adorned with a pair of bats and a small baseball joined at the ends of the bat barrels. The gleaming oversized ball is engraved on the front with the Reach factory trademark logo on the north panel; followed by "Official American League Ball Pat. Aug. 31 - 1909" on the reverse sweet spot area; and finally "The Cork Center Ball" on the south panel. Prior to the noted patent date of 8/31/09, Reach balls were constructed with a rubber center and while production delays are referenced in period reports, by 1911 or 1912, the 1909 cork center model was used in MLB games. Photos exist of a similar trophy with 1924 presentation details engraved on the pedestal base, proving the type was used for local awards.
The example presented here is not engraved on the base, indicating it is an unused sample that was likely intended for display or sale at a period sporting goods store, or possibly hauled around as a salesman's sample. Reach used the 8/31/09 patent date on its baseballs through the 1925 season, which dates this gleaming creation to c.1909-1925. Moderate levels of wear and tarnishing are noted at various points, the rim of the base is slightly bent on one side and there is a 3-1/2 x 1-3/4" dented section on the top of the ball, that does not affect the north panel Reach logo. All in all this antique treasure retains strong display appeal and the various signs of wear provide a period authentic look.