axe was held
by the Rally Committee as a Cal trophy. Stanford
students made numerous attempts to steal it, but
it wasn't until 1930 when they were finally successful.
In 1933 the two universities agreed that it would
become a trophy awarded annually to the winner of
the Big Game.
full text of article: "A Daytime Rally: The
Winning of the Championship and Capture of Stanford's
Ax Celebrated," The Daily Californian, April