It was first awarded to the State Champion of the Ohio Trapshooters' League.
January 2, 1889 Sporting Life
Rolla Heikes won the first $500 L.C. Smith Cup December 25, 1888.
$500 in 1890 = about $14,000 today
Forest & Stream August 8, 1889 with an illustration
Fred Gilbert (who used a Smith 1895-1901 when he switched to a Parker) with some of his trophies in 1903; the L.C. Smith Cup is #4 - impressive!