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World Series Fever Deja Vu

READING PA – There’s a short drive ahead this week from Sanatoga to Reading (about 24 miles west on Route 422), for Philadelphia area baseball fans interesting in seeing what – to them at least – is a beautifully crafted award.

Phillies poster in a retailer's window.

Phillies poster in a retailer's window.

The 2008 World Series Trophy, currently in possession of the Philadelphia Phillies, will be on display for the public to admire Thursday (Jan. 22, 2209) from1-2:30 p.m. at the VF Outlet Center shopping complex, 801 Hill Ave. Its appearance is sponsored by Reading radio station WEEU-AM. For more information, call 610-378-0408.

The trophy is making more than two dozen appearances during January, with more to follow throughout 2009, as part of a tour presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals and Comcast SportsNet. It’s showing up at luncheons, banquets, malls, schools, events, recreational centers involved with the “Phillies Phundamentals” after-school program, and top-performing schools involved in Verizon Corp.’s “Be a Phanatic About Reading” program. The February schedule is expected to be announced soon.

The initial World Series trophy, officially named “The Commissioner’s Trophy,” was created by Major League Baseball in 1967. The St. Louis Cardinals were its first recipient. One full-sized trophy is created and awarded to the winners annually. It takes master artisans at Tiffany & Co. more than three months, and more than 200 troy ounces of sterling silver, to create the trophy that stands 24 inches high (not including the base) with a diameter of 11 inches. It weighs approximately 30 pounds.

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