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Silver State Diamond Challenge

Silver State Diamond Challenge trophy
 

 

  Reno
Wins    
Las Vegas
Wins
2009*   

8

8

2010   

11

5

2011**   

8

8

2012**   

8

8

2013   

3

13

 
* -Las Vegas won in a draw-of-the-cards tiebreaker between city mayors.
** -Following the season series tie, Reno retained the trophy due to their win in the previous season.

 

 

 

The storied rivalry between the cities of Reno and Las Vegas is being played out on the baseball diamond whenever the Reno Aces and Las Vegas 51s face off in Triple-A Pacific Coast League play.

The Las Vegas 51s and the Reno Aces have developed the Silver State Diamond Challenge and accompanying trophy to add to the excitement of the new intrastate rivalry each summer. At the end of each season, the team with the most wins in the 16-game season series claims possession of the trophy until the following year.

In addition to the Diamond Challenge trophy, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Reno Mayor Bob Cashell placed their own wager in 2009 in which the losing city's mayor would wear the other team's jersey for a full day of city business- including a city council meeting. The mayors also agreed to the losing mayor personally donating $100 per game for the difference in wins from the season series to the winning mayor's charity of choice.

During the summer of 2009, the inaugural season of the Reno Aces and the Diamond Challenge, the two teams split the series at eight games apiece. Goodman and Cashell met in Reno on October 5 to determine the winner by drawing cards; Goodman's 7 of spades topped Cashell's 6 of clubs to claim victory for Las Vegas.

Reno claimed the trophy for the first time in 2010, tallying 11 wins to Las Vegas' 5. During the two teams' final series of the year, Reno won 4 of 5 games at Cashman Field to win the title.

Reno retained the trophy following the 2011 and 2012 seasons, despite the season series ending in a tie both seasons. The trophy remains with the defending champion until the other team is able to win it outright. Las Vegas claimed their first victory on the field in 2013 with a 13-3 series win.