The 1950’s were a glorious era for Michigan State football: admittance into the Big Ten, 5 National Championships and the establishment of two enduring rivalry trophies.
The Paul Bunyan Governor’s Trophy was ﬁrst presented by then-Governor (and Michigan alum) G. Mennen Williams in 1953 as a means of welcoming Michigan State to the Big Ten Conference.
The Old Brass Spittoon was purchased for $25 in 1950 in hopes of firing up the Spartans prior to their contest with the Hoosiers. Found in a Lansing antique shop by the MSU Junior Class President, it was deemed an appropriate award for the contest.
You’ll receive each mini (about three inches tall) trophy as part of the Spartan Collection. These are perfect desk or tree ornaments for the diehard Spartan fan.