List of Eastern League champions

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The Eastern League of Minor League Baseball is one of three Double-A baseball leagues in the United States. A league champion is determined at the end of each season. Champions have been determined by postseason playoffs, winning the regular season pennant, or being declared champion by the league office. As of 2019, the league operates under a split season format in which the first place teams from each division in both the first and second halves of the season qualify for the playoffs. In the event that the same team wins both halves, the team with the best win–loss record over the full season qualifies. The first and second half winners then compete in a best-of-five series to determine division champions. The division winners then play each other in a best-of-five series to determine a league champion.[1]

League champions[edit]

Score and finalist information is only presented when postseason play occurred. The lack of this information indicates a declared league champion.
Year Champion Score Finalist
1923 Williamsport Billies
1924 Williamsport Grays
1925[a] York White Roses 3–1 Williamsport Grays
1926 Scranton Miners
1927 Harrisburg Senators
1928 Harrisburg Senators
1929 Binghamton Triplets
1930 Wilkes-Barre Barons
1931 Harrisburg Senators
1932 Wilkes-Barre Barons
1933 Binghamton Triplets
1934 Williamsport Grays 4–2 Binghamton Triplets
1935 Binghamton Triplets 4–3 Scranton Miners
1936 Scranton Miners 4–0 Elmira Pioneers
1937 Elmira Colonels 4–1 Wilkes-Barre Barons
1938 Elmira Pioneers 3–2 Binghamton Triplets
1939 Scranton Red Sox 4–1 Albany Senators
1940 Binghamton Triplets 4–1 Hartford Bees
1941 Elmira Pioneers 4–3 Williamsport Grays
1942 Scranton Red Sox 4–1 Binghamton Triplets
1943 Elmira Pioneers 4–2 Scranton Red Sox
1944 Binghamton Triplets 4–2 Utica Blue Sox
1945 Albany Senators 4–3 Wilkes-Barre Barons
1946 Scranton Red Sox 4–1 Hartford Chiefs
1947 Utica Blue Sox 4–3 Albany Senators
1948 Scranton Red Sox 4–0 Albany Senators
1949 Binghamton Triplets 4–3 Wilkes-Barre Indians
1950 Wilkes-Barre Indians 4–1 Binghamton Triplets
1951 Scranton Red Sox 4–0 Elmira Pioneers
1952 Binghamton Triplets 4–1 Reading Indians
1953 Binghamton Triplets 4–2 Reading Indians
1954 Albany Senators 4–1 Reading Indians
1955 Allentown Cardinals 3–2 Schenectady Blue Jays
1956 Schenectady Blue Jays 3–0 Reading Indians
1957 Reading Indians 3–1 Albany Senators
1958 Binghamton Triplets 3–2 Lancaster Red Roses
1959 Springfield Giants 3–1 Williamsport Grays
1960[b] Springfield Giants
Williamsport Grays
1961 Springfield Giants
1962 Elmira Pioneers 3–1 Williamsport Grays
1963 Charleston Indians
1964 Elmira Pioneers
1965 Pittsfield Red Sox
1966 Elmira Pioneers
1967 Binghamton Triplets 3–1 Elmira Pioneers
1968 Reading Phillies 3–1 Pittsfield Red Sox
1969[c] York Pirates
1970 Waterbury Pirates
1971 Elmira Royals 3–1 Trois-Rivières Aigles
1972 West Haven Yankees 3–0 Trois-Rivières Aigles
1973 Reading Phillies 3–1 Pittsfield Rangers
1974 Thetford Mines Pirates 2–0 Pittsfield Rangers
1975 Bristol Red Sox 3–0 Reading Phillies
1976 West Haven Yankees 3–0 Trois-Rivières Aigles
1977 West Haven Yankees 3–0 Trois-Rivières Aigles
1978 Bristol Red Sox 2–0 Reading Phillies
1979 West Haven Yankees
1980 Holyoke Millers 2–1 Waterbury Reds
1981 Bristol Red Sox 3–2 Glens Falls White Sox
1982 West Haven A's 3–0 Lynn Sailors
1983 New Britain Red Sox 3–1 Lynn Sailors
1984 Vermont Reds 3–2 Waterbury Angels
1985 Vermont Reds 3–1 New Britain Red Sox
1986 Vermont Reds 3–2 Reading Phillies
1987 Harrisburg Senators 3–2 Vermont Reds
1988 Albany-Colonie Yankees 3–1 Vermont Reds
1989 Albany-Colonie Yankees 3–1 Harrisburg Senators
1990 London Tigers 3–0 New Britain Red Sox
1991 Albany-Colonie Yankees 3–0 Harrisburg Senators
1992 Binghamton Mets 3–2 Canton-Akron Indians
1993 Harrisburg Senators 3–2 Canton-Akron Indians
1994 Binghamton Mets 3–1 Harrisburg Senators
1995 Reading Phillies 3–2 New Haven Ravens
1996 Harrisburg Senators 3–1 Portland Sea Dogs
1997 Harrisburg Senators 3–1 Portland Sea Dogs
1998 Harrisburg Senators 3–1 New Britain Rock Cats
1999 Harrisburg Senators 3–2 Norwich Navigators
2000 New Haven Ravens 3–1 Reading Phillies
2001[d] New Britain Rock Cats
Reading Phillies
2002 Norwich Navigators 3–2 Harrisburg Senators
2003 Akron Aeros 3–0 New Haven Ravens
2004 New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3–0 Altoona Curve
2005 Akron Aeros 3–1 Portland Sea Dogs
2006 Portland Sea Dogs 3–2 Akron Aeros
2007 Trenton Thunder 3–1 Akron Aeros
2008 Trenton Thunder 3–1 Akron Aeros
2009 Akron Aeros 3–1 Connecticut Defenders
2010 Altoona Curve 3–1 Trenton Thunder
2011 New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3–1 Richmond Flying Squirrels
2012 Akron Aeros 3–1 Trenton Thunder
2013 Trenton Thunder 3–0 Harrisburg Senators
2014 Binghamton Mets 3–0 Richmond Flying Squirrels
2015 Bowie Baysox 3–2 Reading Fightin Phils
2016 Akron RubberDucks 3–0 Trenton Thunder
2017 Altoona Curve 3–0 Trenton Thunder
2018 New Hampshire Fisher Cats 3–0 Akron RubberDucks
2019 Trenton Thunder 3–1 Bowie BaySox

Championship wins by team[edit]

Active Eastern League teams appear in bold.

Wins Team Championship years
10 Binghamton Triplets 1929, 1933, 1935, 1940, 1944, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1958, 1967
8 Elmira Colonels/Pioneers/Royals 1937, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1971
7 Scranton Miners/Red Sox 1926, 1936, 1939, 1942, 1946, 1948, 1951
6 Harrisburg Senators 1987, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
5 Akron Aeros/RubberDucks 2003, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2016
5 West Haven Yankees/A's 1982, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979
4 Reading Phillies (Reading Fightin Phils) 1968, 1973, 1995, 2001
4 Williamsport Billies/Grays 1923, 1924, 1934, 1960
3 New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2004, 2011, 2018
3 Albany-Colonie Yankees 1988, 1989, 1991
3 Binghamton Mets (Binghamton Rumble Ponies) 1992, 1994, 2014
3 Bristol Red Sox 1975, 1978, 1981
3 Harrisburg Senators (NYPL) 1927, 1928, 1931
3 Springfield Giants 1959, 1960, 1961
3 Trenton Thunder 2007, 2008, 2013
3 Vermont Reds 1984, 1985, 1986
3 Wilkes-Barre Barons/Indians 1930, 1932, 1950
2 Albany Senators 1945, 1954
2 Altoona Curve 2010, 2017
2 New Britain Red Sox/Rock Cats 1983, 2001
2 York White Roses/Pirates 1925, 1969
1 Allentown Cardinals 1955
1 Bowie Baysox 2015
1 Charleston Indians 1963
1 Holyoke Millers 1980
1 London Tigers 1990
1 New Haven Ravens 2000
1 Norwich Navigators 2002
1 Pittsfield Red Sox 1965
1 Portland Sea Dogs 2006
1 Reading Indians 1957
1 Schenectady Blue Jays 1956
1 Thetford Mines Pirates 1974
1 Utica Blue Sox 1947
1 Waterbury Pirates 1970

Notes[edit]

  • a Williamsport and York finished the season with identical win–loss records. York defeated Williamsport, 3–1, in a championship series to determine the champion.
  • b Springfield and Williamsport were declared co-champions after inclement weather forced the cancellation of the playoffs.
  • c York was declared champion after inclement weather forced the cancellation of the playoffs.
  • d New Britain and Reading were declared co-champions after the playoffs were cancelled in the wake the September 11 terrorist attacks.

References[edit]

  • "Past Champions". Eastern League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  1. ^ Rosario, Bill (February 21, 2019). "Eastern League Moving To Split Season Format". Eastern League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved February 21, 2019.