Playing in company sports teams was a big part of working at The
Upjohn Company from its earliest days right up to the end in
1995. Some teams were from different departments within the
company and played each other. Other teams represented Upjohn in
city leagues. Successful teams in the city leagues would have
gone on to regional and even national competitions, all paid for
by Upjohn. I remember in the 1980s there was a manager
and secretary whose sole job was to organize the sports
program. Here are some trophies that have come my way.
Below - these two softball trophies are from the early 1940s.
All Upjohn facilities would have been downtown then except the
warehouses on N. Pitcher. The one on the right says "Upjohn Mens
Softball League. Runner-Up: 1941 Shipping Dept, 1942 Warehouse.
They are in my collection.
Below - this is a bowling trophy awarded to the UFOs for
runner-up in the Upjohn Tuesday Men's League #3, 1990-1991. This
league was at Airway Lanes. Just between you and me, the team
name UFOs stood for the Upjohn F*ck Offs.
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