“Tris Speaker, Texan, center fielder of the Boston American World’s Champions, was honored with 59 out of a possible 64 points by the Chalmers Trophy Commission of newspaper men when named as the most valuable man to his team in the American League. An all-round star, he is brilliant in the field, at bat, and on the bases. He drove in enough runs to cinch Boston’s 1912 pennant claim.
Captain Larry Doyle, New York Giant, was the Chalmers choice of the National League. He won his prize car in a fierce competition with Hans Wagner. The Pittsburgh veteran was just 5 points behind Doyle, who won with a total of 48. Doyle is an Illinois product, from Caseyville, 26 years old–three years younger than Speaker. He is the key to New York’s infield, covering second base.”
The cars–each a 1913 Chalmers 36– were presented before World Series games at each player’s home ballpark by company president Hugh Chalmers. Former Cincinnati sportswriter turned advertising executive and chairman of the Chalmers Commission, Ren Mulford introduced the automobile executive at the Polo Grounds for Doyle’s presentation, and said:
The “recognized baseball classic” was discontinued after the 1914 season.