List of California League champions

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The California League of Minor League Baseball is one of three Class A-Advanced baseball leagues in the United States. The league was founded in 1941, but ceased operations from 1942 to 1945 during World War II. The circuit reorganized in 1946, and has been in continual operation since. A league champion is determined at the end of each season. Champions have been determined by post-season playoffs or being declared champion by the league office. Currently, the first-half winner in each division (North and South) receives a bye into the second round, or division series. Each division's second-half winner and wild card team, the team with the best winning percentage over the entire season to have not won either half of the season, face each other in a best-of-three series. The winner of this mini-series meets the division's first-half winner in a best-of-five series to determine division champions. Then, the North and South division winners play a best-of-five 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
1941 Santa Barbara Saints 4–1 Fresno Cardinals
1942 Not in operation
1943 Not in operation
1944 Not in operation
1945 Not in operation
1946 Stockton Ports 4–0 Modesto Reds
1947 Stockton Ports 4–0 Santa Barbara Dodgers
1948 Santa Barbara Dodgers 4–3 Stockton Ports
1949 San Jose Red Sox 4–1 Ventura Yankees
1950 Modesto Reds 4–1 Stockton Ports
1951 Santa Barbara Dodgers 4–1 Visalia Cubs
1952 Fresno Cardinals 4–2 San Jose Red Sox
1953 San Jose Red Sox 4–2 Stockton Ports
1954 Modesto Reds 4–1 San Jose Red Sox
1955 Fresno Cardinals 3–1 Stockton Ports
1956 Fresno Cardinals 3–1 Stockton Ports
1957 Salinas Packers 3–1 Reno Silver Sox
1958 Fresno Giants 3–1 Visalia Redlegs
1959 Modesto Reds 4–2 Bakersfield Bears
1960 Reno Silver Sox
1961 Reno Silver Sox
1962 San Jose Bees 4–3 Reno Silver Sox
1963 Stockton Ports 2–0 Modesto Colts
1964 Fresno Giants
1965 Stockton Ports 2–0 San Jose Bees
1966 Modesto Reds
1967 San Jose Bees 2–0 Modesto Reds
1968 Fresno Giants 2–1 San Jose Bees
1969 Stockton Ports 2–1 Visalia Mets
1970 Bakersfield Dodgers
1971 Visalia Mets 2–0 Fresno Giants
1972 Modesto Reds 2–0 Bakersfield Dodgers
1973 Lodi Lions 2–0 Bakersfield Dodgers
1974 Fresno Giants 3–2 San Jose Bees
1975 Reno Silver Sox
1976 Reno Silver Sox 3–1 Salinas Angels
1977 Lodi Dodgers 3–0 Salinas Angels
1978 Visalia Oaks 3–2 Lodi Dodgers
1979 San Jose Missions 3–2 Stockton Ports
1980 Stockton Ports 3–0 Visalia Oaks
1981 Lodi Dodgers 3–2 Visalia Oaks
1982 Modesto A's 4–2 Visalia Oaks
1983 Redwood Pioneers 3–1 Visalia Oaks
1984 Modesto A's 3–1 Bakersfield Dodgers
1985 Fresno Giants 3–2 Stockton Ports
1986 Stockton Ports 3–0 Visalia Oaks
1987 Fresno Giants 4–3 Reno Padres
1988 Riverside Red Wave 3–0 Stockton Ports
1989 Bakersfield Dodgers 3–0 Stockton Ports
1990 Stockton Ports 3–2 Bakersfield Dodgers
1991 High Desert Mavericks 3–2 Stockton Ports
1992 Stockton Ports 3–1 Visalia Oaks
1993 High Desert Mavericks 3–2 Modesto A's
1994 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3–1 Modesto A's
1995 San Bernardino Spirit 3–0 San Jose Giants
1996 Lake Elsinore Storm 3–2 San Jose Giants
1997 High Desert Mavericks 3–0 San Bernardino Stampede
1998 San Jose Giants 3–1 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
1999 San Bernardino Stampede 3–2 San Jose Giants
2000 San Bernardino Stampede 3–0 Visalia Oaks
2001
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San Jose Giants
Lake Elsinore Storm
2002 Stockton Ports 3–1 Lake Elsinore Storm
2003 Inland Empire 66ers 3–0 Stockton Ports
2004 Modesto A's 3–2 Lancaster JetHawks
2005 San Jose Giants 3–2 Lake Elsinore Storm
2006 Inland Empire 66ers 3–2 Visalia Oaks
2007 San Jose Giants 3–2 Lake Elsinore Storm
2008 Stockton Ports 3–1 Lancaster JetHawks
2009 San Jose Giants 3–0 High Desert Mavericks
2010 San Jose Giants 3–2 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
2011 Lake Elsinore Storm 3–1 Stockton Ports
2012 Lancaster JetHawks 3–0 Modesto Nuts
2013 Inland Empire 66ers 3–0 San Jose Giants
2014 Lancaster JetHawks 3–2 Visalia Rawhide
2015 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3–0 San Jose Giants
2016 High Desert Mavericks 3–0 Visalia Rawhide

California League titles by organization[edit]

Active organizations appear in bold. Defunct teams or teams now playing in others leagues appear in italics.

  • Bakersfield Blaze – 2
    • Bakersfield Dodgers – 1970, 1989
  • High Desert Mavericks – 5
    • Riverside Red Wave – 1988
    • High Desert Mavericks – 1991, 1993, 1997, 2016
  • Inland Empire 66ers – 14
    • Fresno Cardinals – 1952, 1955, 1956
    • Fresno Giants – 1959, 1964, 1968, 1974, 1985, 1987
    • San Bernardino Stampede – 1999, 2000
    • Inland Empire 66ers – 2003, 2006, 2013
  • Lake Elsinore Storm – 4
    • Redwood Pioneers – 1983
    • Lake Elsinore Storm – 1996, 2001, 2011
  • Lancaster JetHawks – 6
    • Reno Silver Sox – 1960, 1961, 1975, 1976
    • Lancaster JetHawks – 2012, 2014
  • Modesto Nuts – 3
    • Modesto A's – 1982, 1984, 2004
  • Modesto Reds – 5
    • Modesto Reds – 1950, 1954, 1959, 1966, 1972
  • Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – 6
    • Lodi Lions – 1973
    • Lodi Dodgers – 1977, 1981
    • San Bernardino Spirit – 1995
    • Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – 1994, 2015
  • Salinas Packers – 4
    • Santa Barbara Saints – 1941
    • Santa Barbara Dodgers – 1948, 1951
    • Salinas Packers – 1957
  • San Jose Bees – 2
    • San Jose Bees – 1962, 1967
  • San Jose Giants – 6
    • San Jose Giants – 1998, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010
  • San Jose Missions – 1
    • San Jose Missions – 1979
  • San Jose Red Sox- 2
    • San Jose Red Sox – 1949, 1953
  • Stockton Ports – 11
    • Stockton Ports – 1946, 1947, 1963, 1965, 1969, 1980, 1986, 1990, 1992, 2002, 2008
  • Visalia Rawhide – 2
    • Visalia Mets – 1971
    • Visalia Oaks -1978

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • "League Champions". California League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved February 26, 2016. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Playoff Procedures". California League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved February 26, 2016.