Lord Wiffle's Chalice: A Visual History

gNo piece of LowBall memorabilia carries so much history, no crown holds so much prestige as Lord Wiffle's Chalice. Wifflers the world over lie awake at night dreaming of getting just a sip from the sacred Chalice. There has been an air of mystery surrounding the origins of the trophy until I, celebrated wiffle journalist Hugh Wifflerton, uncovered all the details in this expose.

The trophy, as with its corresponding competition, emerged out of the dust and dirt following the 2007 Mid Summer's Classic. While J-Mac went into deep seclusion, a little known wiffle artist in Bristol village was commissioned by the league to build a trophy. The specs for the trophy stated, "if Ghengis Khan and Joan of Arc were to have a child, and that child turned out to be a trophy, it would be this." As is typical with the league, they over shot their hard start for the order and only allowed the artist, Ludwig von Beck, one night to construct the initial piece.

The trophy was unveiled at Wifftober I, then known as "The Last Wiffle". Wifftober would only obtain its legendary name after the game in reference to the spelling of "October" on the original poster (see photo).

The initial offering for the trophy was a roughed in version of the current. The base was cut from a floorboard of the original HST clubhouse, dating to the early 1800's. The stain was still tacky when the game began and as result some blades of grass were captured. Given the late order, no cup was placed on top of the trophy. The winning team placed a can of Miller High Life on the top to take their ceremonial drink.
2During the winter of 2008, Lonichiro set off into the snow with only a six pack of High Life and a bag of seeds. He was on a mission to find a proper cup for the now famous trophy. He did not emerge from the woods again until early spring, sporting a scraggly beard and looking war torn, he only carried a majestic looking chalice. By Wifftober II Ludwig von Beck had affixed the cup atop the three wiffle bat pillars.

Despite being mired in controversy and producing a lopsided outcome, Wifftober II saw the first drinks from the cup, described by El Guapo as being, "the most delicious warm beer I have ever tasted."

2Wifftober III marked the first use of the trophy as a symbol of the final game, featured on the poster released to the public ahead of the battle. The trophy had received its now annual upgrades, a fresh base constructed by the artisan Daniel Le Guy.
Unfortunately, the new work on the trophy would be doomed by the extravagance of the now prestigious Wifftober. A raucous celebration followed the Lagers massive victory. The trophy was carted along with reveling players to the various saloons of Bristol. By the end of the night, still shrouded in much secrecy, the trophy had lost its new base and the handle of the cup.
The 2010 LowBall campaign was ripe with drama and league wide tension. Some even questioned whether Wifftober IV would happen at all. As a result, no work was done to the trophy and it arrived at Burnham looking exactly the same as it did in J-Mac's hands the year prior.
While the trophy did not receive any special enhancements, it did lock down its most famous photo. Shot looking in from the Burnham stands, the trophy dominates the foreground as the intense play rages in the background.
Today the trophy has the scars of its years, adding to the mystique and grandeur. This year one of the three bats that act as pillars has been replaced by a 1980s vintage bat that emerged from Irene. Signed balls will be added to the middle for each victorious team, finally providing a visual record of past champions. We will have to wait until Saturday to see who is on that 5th ball and who drinks from Lord Wiffle's Chalice.