List of Florida State League champions

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The Florida State League of Minor League Baseball is one of three Class A-Advanced baseball leagues in the United States. The league was founded in 1919. 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. Off and on (1919–28, 1936–41, and 1946–68), the league recognized pennant winners and/or playoff winners as league champions. Currently, the first-half and second-half winners in each division (North and South) compete in a best-of-three series to determin division champions. Then, the North and South division winners play a best-of-five series to determine a league champion.[1] Since 1979, the winner of the League Championship Series has become the holder—until the following season's championship—of the Watson Spoelstra Florida State League Championship Trophy.[2]

Key[edit]

^
Indicates pennant winner (1919–28, 1936–41, 1946–68)
dagger
Indicates playoff winner (1919–28, 1936–41, 1946–68)
double-dagger
Indicates pennant and playoff winner (1919–28, 1936–41, 1946–68)

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
1919 Sanford Celeryfeds^
1920 Tampa Smokersdouble-dagger
1921 Orlando Tigers^
1922 St. Petersburg Saintsdouble-dagger
1923 Orlando Bulldogsdouble-dagger
1924 Lakeland Highlanders^
1925 Tampa Smokersdouble-dagger
1926 Sanford Celeryfedsdouble-dagger
1927 Orlando Coltsdouble-dagger
1928[a] Fort Lauderdale Tarpons-St. Petersburg Saints^
1936 St. Augustine Saintsdouble-dagger
1937 Gainesville G-Mendouble-dagger
1938 Leesburg Anglers^
1938 Gainesville G-Mendagger
1939 Sanford Lookoutsdouble-dagger
1940 Daytona Beach Islanders^
1940 Sanford Seminolesdagger
1941 St. Augustine Saints^
1941 Leesburg Anglersdagger
1946 Orlando Senatorsdouble-dagger
1947 St. Augustine Saints^
1947 Gainesville G-Mendagger
1948 Orlando Senators^
1948 Daytona Beach Islandersdagger
1949 Gainesville G-Men^
1949 St. Augustine Saintsdagger
1950 Orlando Senators^
1950 DeLand Red Hatsdagger
1951 DeLand Red Hatsdouble-dagger
1952 DeLand Red Hats^
1952 Palatka Azaleasdagger
1953 Daytona Beach Islanders^
1954 Lakeland Pilotsdouble-dagger
1955 Orlando C.B.s^
1956 Cocoa Indians^
1957 Tampa Tarpons^
1958 St. Petersburg Saints^
1959 Tampa Tarpons^
1960 Palatka Redlegs^
1961 Tampa Tarpons^
1962 Fort Lauderdale Yankees^
1963 Sarasota Sun Sox^
1964 St. Petersburg Saints^
1965 Fort Lauderdale Yankees^
1966 St. Petersburg Cardinals ^
1967 St. Petersburg Cardinals ^
1968[b] Miami Marlins^
1969 Miami Marlins 4–1 Orlando Twins
1970 Miami Marlins 2–0 St. Petersburg Cardinals
1971 Miami Orioles 2–1 Cocoa Astros
1972 Miami Orioles 2–1 Daytona Beach Dodgers
1973 St. Petersburg Cardinals 2–0 West Palm Beach Expos
1974 West Palm Beach Expos 2–1 Fort Lauderdale Yankees
1975 St. Petersburg Cardinals 3–2 Tampa Tarpons
1976 Lakeland Tigers 2–0 Tampa Tarpons
1977 Lakeland Tigers 3–1 St. Petersburg Cardinals
1978 Miami Orioles 2–1 Lakeland Tigers
1979 Winter Haven Red Sox 3–2 Fort Lauderdale Yankees
1980 Fort Lauderdale Yankees 3–1 Vero Beach Dodgers
1981 Daytona Beach Astros 3–1 Fort Myers Royals
1982 Fort Lauderdale Yankees
1983 Vero Beach Dodgers 3–2 Daytona Beach Astros
1984 Fort Lauderdale Yankees 3–2 Tampa Tarpons
1985 Fort Myers Royals 3–1 Fort Lauderdale Yankees
1986 St. Petersburg Cardinals 3–1 West Palm Beach Expos
1987 Fort Lauderdale Yankees 3–1 Osceola Astros
1988 St. Lucie Mets 2–0 Osceola Astros
1989 Charlotte Rangers 2–1 St. Petersburg Cardinals
1990 Vero Beach Dodgers 2–1 West Palm Beach Expos
1991 West Palm Beach Expos 2–0 Clearwater Phillies
1992 Lakeland Tigers 2–0 Baseball City Royals
1993 Clearwater Phillies 3–1 St. Lucie Mets
1994 Tampa Yankees 3–1 Brevard County Manatees
1995 Daytona Cubs 3–2 Fort Myers Miracle
1996 St. Lucie Mets 3–1 Clearwater Phillies
1997 St. Petersburg Devil Rays 3–2 Vero Beach Dodgers
1998 St. Lucie Mets 3–2 Tampa Yankees
1999 Kissimmee Cobras 3–1 Dunedin Blue Jays
2000 Daytona Cubs 3–0 Dunedin Blue Jays
2001[c] Brevard County Manatees
Tampa Yankees
2002 Charlotte Rangers 3–2 Lakeland Tigers
2003 St. Lucie Mets 3–1 Dunedin Blue Jays
2004[d] Daytona Cubs
Tampa Yankees
2005 Palm Beach Cardinals 3–2 Lakeland Tigers
2006 St. Lucie Mets 3–0 Dunedin Blue Jays
2007 Clearwater Threshers 3–1 Brevard County Manatees
2008 Daytona Cubs 3–1 Fort Myers Miracle
2009 Tampa Yankees 3–2 Charlotte Stone Crabs
2010 Tampa Yankees 3–1 Charlotte Stone Crabs
2011 Daytona Cubs 3–0 St. Lucie Mets
2012 Lakeland Flying Tigers 3–2 Jupiter Hammerheads
2013 Daytona Cubs 3–1 Charlotte Stone Crabs
2014 Fort Myers Miracle 3–1 Daytona Cubs
2015 Charlotte Stone Crabs 3–1 Daytona Tortugas
2016 Bradenton Marauders 3–1 Tampa Yankees

Notes[edit]

  • a Fort Lauderdale-St. Petersburg had the best record when the league disbanded on July 4.
  • b The Orlando Twins defeated Miami, 2–1, in the final round of the playoffs, but Miami was awarded the pennant based on best win-loss percentage.
  • c Brevard County and Tampa were declared co-champions after playoffs were cancelled in the wake the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • d Daytona and Tampa were declared co-champions due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan.

References[edit]

General
  • "League Champions". Florida State League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
Specific
  1. ^ "Playoff Procedures". Florida State League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Championship Trophy". Florida State League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 7, 2017.