On June 10, 1952, the St. Louis Browns fire manager Rogers Hornsby, who had become unpopular with most of the team’s players. A few hours after he fires Roger Hornsby as the manager of the team, Browns president Bill Veeck is given a 24-inch silver trophy by his players with the engraved inscription,” …for the greatest play since the Emancipation Proclamation”. Veeck said‚ “I made a mistake. I thought Hornsby had mellowed.”
After the presentation is made by hurler Ned Garver in the Fenway visiting locker room, the team takes the field under their new player manager Marty Marion.