List of Pacific Coast League champions

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The 1911 PCL champion Portland Beavers

The Pacific Coast League of Minor League Baseball is one of two Triple-A baseball leagues in the United States. A league champion is determined at the end of each season. Champions have been determined by post-season playoffs, winning the regular season pennant, or being declared champion by the league office. As of 2014, the North and South Division winners within each conference (American and Pacific) meet in a best-of-five series to determine conference champions. Then, the American and Pacific Conference winners play a best-of-five series to determine a league champion. These records are correct as of the completion of the 2013 post-season series.

History[edit]

The 1917 PCL champion San Francisco Seals

League champions have been determined by different means since the Pacific Coast League's formation in 1903. With few exceptions, most PCL champions from 1903 to 1927 were simply the regular season pennant winners.[1] However, a few seasons during this time did feature a post-season championship series to crown a champion. The Governor's Cup, the league's first championship trophy, was first awarded to the San Francisco Seals in 1928.[2] With the exception of the 1932 to 1934 seasons, during which no post-season play occurred, this was the start of consistent post-season play. These initial championship series consisted of a two-team best-of-seven games series.[1]

Post-season play expanded to include four teams in a best-of-seven contest in 1936. The top four teams in the league competed in best-of-seven semi-final rounds, with the winners of each semi-final playing each other in a best-of-seven championship round for the Governor's Cup.[1] Financial problems resulted in the championship series of 1951 and 1954 being shortened to best-of-three games contests.[1] League financial concerns also forced the cancellation of the 1950, 1952, and 1953 post-seasons; the regular season pennant winners were declared champions.[1]

The PCL did away with post-season play and the awarding of the Governor's Cup from 1955 to 1962. The trophy itself was placed in a Los Angeles museum, later sold to a collector, and subsequently stolen—its current whereabouts unknown. A number of other trophies have been awarded to championship teams in later years during which post-season play resumed. The one given from the 1980s and 1990s was four feet tall and incorporated three full-size baseball bats and a glove. One design from the mid-1990s resembled Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Trophy issued to World Series champions. Since 1998, the trophy is an engraved glass wedge fixed to a wooden base.[2]

When three former American Association teams were absorbed into the PCL in 1963, the league split into two divisions, whereas there were previously no divisions, and the winners of each division met in a best-of-seven series to determine a champion. Six teams were added to the PCL's ten when the American Association completely dissolved prior to the 1998 season. With a sixteen-team circuit, the league was split into two eight-team conferences each consisting of two four-team divisions. The North and South Division winners within each conference (American and Pacific) meet in a best-of-five series to determine conference champions. Then, the American and Pacific Conference winners play a best-of-five championship series to determine a league champion.[1]

League Champions[edit]

Score and finalist information is only presented when post-season play occurred. The lack of this information indicates a declared league champion.
Year Champion Score Finalist
1903 Los Angeles Angels
1904 Tacoma Tigers 5–4–1 Los Angeles Angels
1905 Los Angeles Angels 5–1 Tacoma Tigers
1906 Portland Beavers
1907 Los Angeles Angels
1908 Los Angeles Angels
1909 San Francisco Seals
1910 Portland Beavers
1911 Portland Beavers
1912 Oakland Oaks
1913 Portland Beavers
1914 Portland Beavers
1915 San Francisco Seals
1916 Los Angeles Angels
1917 San Francisco Seals
1918[a] Los Angeles Angels 5–2 Vernon Tigers
1919 Vernon Tigers
1920 Vernon Tigers
1921 Los Angeles Angels
1922 San Francisco Seals
1923 San Francisco Seals
1924 Seattle Indians
1925 San Francisco Seals
1926 Los Angeles Angels
1927 Oakland Oaks
1928 San Francisco Seals 4–2 Sacramento Solons
1929 Hollywood Stars 4–2 Mission Reds
1930 Hollywood Stars 4–1 Los Angeles Angels
1931 San Francisco Seals 4–0 Hollywood Stars
1932 Portland Beavers
1933 Los Angeles Angels
1934 Los Angeles Angels
1935 San Francisco Seals 4–2 Los Angeles Angels
1936 Portland Beavers 4–1 Oakland Oaks
1937 San Diego Padres 4–0 Portland Beavers
1938 Sacramento Solons 4–1 San Francisco Seals
1939 Sacramento Solons 4–2 Los Angeles Angels
1940 Seattle Rainiers 4–1 Los Angeles Angels
1941 Seattle Rainiers 4–3 Sacramento Solons
1942 Seattle Rainiers 4–2 Los Angeles Angels
1943 San Francisco Seals 4–2 Seattle Rainiers
1944 San Francisco Seals 4–3 Los Angeles Angels
1945 San Francisco Seals 4–2 Seattle Rainiers
1946 San Francisco Seals 4–2 Oakland Oaks
1947 Los Angeles Angels 4–1 Oakland Oaks
1948 Oakland Oaks 4–1 Seattle Rainiers
1949 Hollywood Stars 4–2 San Diego Padres
1950[b] Oakland Oaks
1951 Seattle Rainiers 3–2 Hollywood Stars
1952[b] Hollywood Stars
1953[b] Hollywood Stars
1954 Oakland Oaks 2–1 San Francisco Seals
1955 Seattle Rainiers
1956 Los Angeles Angels
1957 San Francisco Seals
1958 Phoenix Giants
1959 Salt Lake City Bees
1960 Spokane Indians
1961 Tacoma Giants
1962 San Diego Padres
1963 Oklahoma City 89ers 4–3 Spokane Indians
1964 San Diego Padres 4–3 Arkansas Travelers
1965 Oklahoma City 89ers 4–1 Portland Beavers
1966 Seattle Angels 4–3 Tulsa Oilers
1967 San Diego Padres 4–3 Spokane Indians
1968 Tulsa Oilers 4–1 Spokane Indians
1969 Tacoma Cubs 3–2 Eugene Emeralds
1970 Spokane Indians 4–0 Hawaii Islanders
1971 Salt Lake City Angels 3–0 Tacoma Cubs
1972 Albuquerque Dukes 3–0 Eugene Emeralds
1973 Spokane Indians 3–0 Tucson Toros
1974 Spokane Indians 3–0 Albuquerque Dukes
1975 Hawaii Islanders 3–2 Salt Lake City Gulls
1976 Hawaii Islanders 3–2 Salt Lake City Gulls
1977 Phoenix Giants 4–2 Hawaii Islanders
1978[c] Albuquerque Dukes
Tacoma Yankees
1979 Salt Lake City Gulls 3–0 Hawaii Islanders
1980 Albuquerque Dukes 3–2 Hawaii Islanders
1981 Albuquerque Dukes 3–0 Tacoma Tigers
1982 Albuquerque Dukes 4–2 Spokane Indians
1983 Portland Beavers 3–0 Albuquerque Dukes
1984 Edmonton Trappers 2–0 Hawaii Islanders
1985 Vancouver Canadians 3–0 Phoenix Giants
1986 Las Vegas Stars (baseball) 3–2 Vancouver Canadians
1987 Albuquerque Dukes 3–1 Calgary Cannons
1988 Las Vegas Stars 3–2 Vancouver Canadians
1989 Vancouver Canadians 3–1 Albuquerque Dukes
1990 Albuquerque Dukes 3–0 Edmonton Trappers
1991 Tucson Toros 3–2 Calgary Cannons
1992 Colorado Springs Sky Sox 3–0 Vancouver Canadians
1993 Tucson Toros 4–2 Portland Beavers
1994 Albuquerque Dukes 3–2 Vancouver Canadians
1995 Colorado Springs Sky Sox 3–2 Salt Lake Buzz
1996 Edmonton Trappers 3–1 Phoenix Firebirds
1997 Edmonton Trappers 3–1 Phoenix Firebirds
1998 New Orleans Zephyrs 3–2 Calgary Cannons
1999 Vancouver Canadians 3–1 Oklahoma RedHawks
2000 Memphis Redbirds 3–1 Salt Lake Bees
2001[d] New Orleans Zephyrs/
Tacoma Rainiers
2002 Edmonton Trappers 3–1 Salt Lake Bees
2003 Sacramento River Cats 3–0 Nashville Sounds
2004 Sacramento River Cats 3–0 Iowa Cubs
2005 Nashville Sounds 3–0 Tacoma Rainiers
2006 Tucson Sidewinders 3–0 Round Rock Express
2007 Sacramento River Cats 3–0 New Orleans Zephyrs
2008 Sacramento River Cats 3–1 Oklahoma RedHawks
2009 Memphis Redbirds 3–0 Sacramento River Cats
2010 Tacoma Rainiers 3–0 Memphis Redbirds
2011 Omaha Storm Chasers 3–0 Sacramento River Cats
2012 Reno Aces 3–1 Omaha Storm Chasers
2013 Omaha Storm Chasers 3–1 Salt Lake Bees
2014 Omaha Storm Chasers 3–2 Reno Aces

Notes[edit]

  • a The 1918 season was suspended on July 14 because of World War I travel restrictions. Los Angeles won the championship after a post-season series against Vernon.[1]
  • b The 1950, 1952, and 1953 Governor's Cup Playoffs were cancelled for financial reasons. The league declared team champions.[1]
  • c Albuquerque and Tacoma were declared co-champions after continuing rain washed out the semi-final series between Portland and Tacoma.[1]
  • d New Orleans and Tacoma were declared co-champions after playoffs were cancelled in the wake the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Past Champions". Pacific Coast League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Post-Season Play in the Pacific Coast Leaguepublisher=Triple-A Baseball". Retrieved August 21, 2014.