Governors' Cup

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Replica Governors' Cup

The Governors' Cup is the trophy awarded each year to the champion of the International League, one of the two current Triple-A level minor leagues of Major League Baseball.

Governors' Cup history[edit]

In 1933, Frank Shaughnessy, General Manager of the League's Montreal Royals, introduced a new playoff system to International League President Charles H. Knappe and the Governors' Cup was born. Shaughnessy, who would ultimately serve as International League President from 1936 until 1960, was interested in developing a way for more than two clubs to share in the excitement of post-season play. His playoff format, devised to maintain the interest of fans and players alike during the Depression era, provided an opportunity for four teams to participate rather than only two. Several other leagues noticed the success of the "Shaughnessy Plan" and followed suit.

In response to the new playoff format, the Governors of Maryland, New Jersey, and New York and the Lieutenant Governors of the Provinces of Quebec and Ontario sponsored a trophy to be awarded annually to the winner of the International League playoffs. The trophy, created by the Supervisor of International League Umpires W.B. Carruth, was created out of solid silver and has been appraised at over $3,000.

In 1988, International League President Harold Cooper donated the trophy to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, where it is on permanent display. A new trophy of the same name was minted in its place and is presented annually to the winner of the Governors' Cup Championship Series.

The replica trophy was smashed while in possession of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees by an attendee of a game from northeastern Pennsylvania on August 27, 2009.[1]

Governors' Cup champions[edit]

Ten

  • Rochester (1939,1952,1955,1956,1964,1971,1974,1988,1990,1997)

Nine

  • Columbus (1979,1980,1981,1987,1991,1992,1996,2010,2011)

Eight

  • Syracuse (1935,1942,1943,1947,1954,1969,1970,1976)

Seven

  • Montréal (1941,1946,1948,1949,1951,1953,1958)

Six

  • Buffalo (1933,1936,1957,1961,1998,2004)

Five

Four

Three

Two

One

Note: Italics indicate franchises no longer in the International League.

Governors' Cup champions year-by-year[edit]

Year Champion Manager Runner-Up Other Playoff Teams
1933 Buffalo Ray Schalk Rochester Newark & Baltimore
1934 Toronto Ike Boone Rochester Newark & Albany
1935 Syracuse Nemo Leibold Montreal Buffalo & Newark
1936 *Buffalo Ray Schalk Baltimore Newark & Rochester
1937 *Newark Oscar Vitt Baltimore Syracuse & Montreal
1938 *Newark Johnny Neun Buffalo Rochester & Syracuse
1939 Rochester Billy Southworth Newark Jersey City & Buffalo
1940 Newark Johnny Neun Baltimore Rochester & Jersey City
1941 Montreal Clyde Sukeforth Newark Buffalo & Rochester
1942 Syracuse Jewel Ens Jersey City Montreal & Newark
1943 Syracuse Jewel Ens Toronto Newark & Montreal
1944 *Baltimore Tommy Thomas Newark Buffalo & Toronto
1945 Newark Bill Meyer Montreal Toronto & Baltimore
1946 *Montreal Clay Hopper Syracuse Baltimore & Newark
1947 Syracuse Jewel Ens Buffalo Jersey City & Montreal
1948 *Montreal Clay Hopper Syracuse Rochester & Newark
1949 Montreal Clay Hopper Buffalo Rochester & Jersey City
1950 Baltimore Nick Cullop Rochester Montreal & Jersey City
1951 *Montreal Walter Alston Syracuse Rochester & Buffalo
1952 Rochester Harry Walker Montreal Syracuse & Toronto
1953 Montreal Walter Alston Rochester Buffalo & Baltimore
1954 Syracuse Skeeter Newsome Montreal Toronto & Rochester
1955 Rochester Fred Walker Toronto Havana & Montreal
1956 Rochester Fred Walker Toronto Miami & Montreal
1957 Buffalo Phil Cavarretta Miami Toronto & Richmond
1958 *Montreal Clay Bryant Toronto Rochester & Columbus
1959 Havana Preston Gómez Richmond Buffalo & Columbus
1960 *Toronto Mel McGaha Rochester Richmond & Buffalo
1961 Buffalo Kerby Farrell Rochester Columbus & Charleston
1962 Atlanta Joe Schultz Jacksonville Toronto & Rochester
1963 *Indianapolis Rollie Hemsley Atlanta Syracuse & Toronto
1964 Rochester Darrell Johnson Syracuse Jacksonville & Buffalo
1965 Toronto Dick Williams Columbus Atlanta & Syracuse
1966 Toronto Dick Williams Richmond Rochester & Columbus
1967 Toledo Jack Tighe Columbus Richmond & Rochester
1968 Jacksonville Clyde McCullough Columbus Toledo & Rochester
1969 Syracuse Frank Verdi Columbus Tidewater & Louisville
1970 *Syracuse Frank Verdi Columbus Rochester & Tidewater
1971 *Rochester Joe Altobelli Tidewater Charleston & Syracuse
1972 Tidewater Hank Bauer Louisville Charleston & Rochester
1973 Pawtucket Darrell Johnson Charleston Rochester & Tidewater
1974 *Rochester Joe Altobelli Syracuse Memphis & Richmond
1975 *Tidewater Joe Frazier Syracuse Charleston & Rochester
1976 Syracuse Bobby Cox Richmond Rochester & Memphis
1977 Charleston Jim Beauchamp Pawtucket Richmond & Tidewater
1978 Richmond Tommie Aaron Pawtucket Charleston & Toledo
1979 *Columbus Gene Michael Syracuse Richmond & Tidewater
1980 *Columbus Joe Altobelli Toledo Richmond & Rochester
1981 *Columbus Frank Verdi Richmond Rochester & Tidewater
1982 Tidewater Jack Aker Rochester Richmond & Columbus
1983 Tidewater Dave Johnson Richmond Columbus & Charleston
1984 Pawtucket Tony Torchia Maine Columbus & Toledo
1985 Tidewater Bob Schafer Columbus Syracuse & Maine
1986 *Richmond Roy Majtyka Rochester Pawtucket & Tidewater
1987 Columbus Bucky Dent Tidewater Rochester & Pawtucket
1988 *Rochester Johnny Oates Tidewater N/A
1989 *Richmond Jim Beauchamp Syracuse N/A
1990 *Rochester Greg Biagini Columbus N/A
1991 *Columbus Rick Down Pawtucket N/A
1992 *Columbus Rick Down Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Richmond & Pawtucket
1993 *Charlotte Charlie Manuel Rochester Richmond & Ottawa
1994 *Richmond Grady Little Syracuse Charlotte & Pawtucket
1995 *Ottawa Pete Mackanin Norfolk Richmond & Rochester
1996 *Columbus Stump Merrill Rochester Norfolk & Pawtucket
1997 *Rochester Marv Foley Columbus Charlotte & Pawtucket
1998 *Buffalo Jeff Datz Durham Louisville & Syracuse
1999 *Charlotte Tom Spencer Durham Scranton/Wilkes-Barre & Columbus
2000 *Indianapolis Steve Smith Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Buffalo & Durham
2001 *x-Louisville Dave Miley Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Buffalo & Norfolk
2002 *Durham Bill Evers Buffalo Scranton/Wilkes-Barre & Toledo
2003 *Durham Bill Evers Pawtucket Louisville & Ottawa
2004 *Buffalo Marty Brown Richmond Columbus & Durham
2005 *Toledo Larry Parrish Indianapolis Norfolk & Buffalo
2006 *Toledo Larry Parrish Rochester Charlotte & Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
2007 Richmond Dave Brundage Durham Toledo & Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
2008 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Dave Miley Durham Louisville & Pawtucket
2009 *Durham Charlie Montoyo Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Louisville & Gwinnett
2010 *Columbus Mike Sarbaugh Durham Louisville & Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
2011 *Columbus Mike Sarbaugh Lehigh Valley Durham & Pawtucket
2012 *Pawtucket Arnie Beyeler Charlotte Indianapolis & Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
2013 *Durham Charlie Montoyo Pawtucket Indianapolis & Rochester

(*) - Also Pennant Winner

(x) - A one-game playoff as a result of the series being cancelled September 12, 2001. Louisville, which had won Game 1, 2-1, of the five-game series on September 10, was declared the winner.

After 10 seasons in a two division format, the International League switched to a three division alignment in 1998. The practice of recognizing the League Champion as not only the Pennant Winner, but also the Governors’ Cup Winner will continue.

Playoff format[edit]

The Governors' Cup Playoffs format is separated into two best-of-five series. With the three division format, all three division winners, and a Wild Card team (the team with the best second place record in the International League) will enter into the "Division Series".

The North Division Champion will play the Wild Card team, while the South Champion plays the West Champion. The winners of these series will move on to the Governors' Cup Championship Series. The team who wins the best-of-five Championship Series will be named Governors' Cup Champions for the year.

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