The Chicago Tribune Cup

balt.kauss 1From 1930 to 1937 basketball teams from Latvia and Estonia contested for the prestigious Chicago Tribune Traveling Cup. The Chicago Tribune had a bureau in Rīga, Latvia throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s. The permanent correspondent reported on Latvia, Estonia, Finland and occasionally the Soviet Union. I assume Lithuania was covered by a different correspondent.  
In 1937 “Rīga Starts” won for the third time in a row: in accordance with the rules the cup became their possession. The Chicago Tribune did not offer a new cup. Latvia’s Railroad Association stepped in with a new traveling cup and expanded the rules to include Lithuania.
In 2018 the Baltic States will be commemorating their centennials. This seems like a fitting time to invite the Tribune to renew this tradition.

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