Temple Cup Baseball

Welcome to Temple Cup Baseball, a trio of projects designed to bring awareness and appreciation to a forgotten and fun period of early baseball history. The Temple Cup was a trophy donated by William Chase Temple, the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to be awarded to the winner of a series of postseason games played between the first and second place teams in the National League.
This website is intended to complement and be complemented by the upcoming book and boardgame. Through these three projects, we hope you enjoy learning about this exciting period in baseball's history.

Temple Cup trophy


The Seasons

1894

The first season for which teams competed for the Temple Cup. The Baltimore Orioles were the best team in the regular season but the New York Giants claimed the cup.


1894

1895

The Orioles won the regular season title again but this time the Cleveland Spiders took home the Temple Cup.



1895

1896

The Baltimore Orioles, one of the greatest teams in history, ran away with the regular season title and won the Temple Cup as well.



1896

1897

The Temple Cup was awarded for the last time this season, this time to the Boston Beaneaters.



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