List of Southern League champions

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The Southern League of Minor League Baseball is one of three Double-A baseball leagues in the United States. The circuit has been previously known as the South Atlantic ("Sally") League (1904–17; 1936–42; 1946–63) and the South Atlantic Association (1919–30). 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. Currently, the first- and second-half winners within each division (North and South) meet 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 postseason play occurred. The lack of this information indicates a declared league champion.
Year Champion Score Finalist
1904 Macon Peaches
1905 Macon Peaches
1906 Savannah Indians
1907 Charleston Sea Gulls
1908 Jacksonville Jays
1909 Chattanooga Lookouts 4–3 Augusta Tourists
1910 Columbus Foxes
1911 Columbus Foxes 4–2 Columbia Commies
1912 Jacksonville Tarpons 4–1 Columbus Foxes
1913 Savannah Colts
1914 Savannah Colts 4–2 Albany Babies
1915 Columbia Comers 4–1–2 Macon Peaches
1916 Augusta Tourists 4–0 Columbia Comers
1917 Columbia Comers 4–2 Charleston Sea Gulls
1918 Not in operation
1919 Columbia Comers
1920 Columbia Comers
1921 Columbia Comers
1922 Charleston Pals
1923 Charlotte Hornets 4–1 Macon Peaches
1924 Augusta Tygers
1925 Spartanburg Spartans
1926 Greenville Spinners
1927 Greenville Spinners
1928 Asheville Tourists
1929 Knoxville Smokies Asheville Tourists
1930 Greenville Spinners 4–2 Macon Peaches
1931 Not in operation
1932 Not in operation
1933 Not in operation
1934 Not in operation
1935 Not in operation
1936 Columbus Red Birds 4–2 Jacksonville Tars
1937 Savannah Indians 3–1 Macon Peaches
1938 Macon Peaches 4–3 Savannah Indians
1939 Augusta Tigers 4–0 Savannah Indians
1940 Columbus Red Birds 4–2 Macon Peaches
1941 Columbia Reds 4–2 Macon Peaches
1942 Augusta Tigers 4–0 Columbia Reds
1943 Not in operation
1944 Not in operation
1945 Not in operation
1946 Augusta Tigers
1947 Savannah Indians 4–1 Augusta Tigers
1948 Greenville Spinners 4–1 Columbia Reds
1949 Macon Peaches 4–1 Greenville Spinners
1950 Macon Peaches 4–0 Columbia Reds
1951 Montgomery Rebels 4–0 Jacksonville Tars
1952 Montgomery Grays 4–2 Macon Peaches
1953 Columbia Reds 4–3 Jacksonville Braves
1954 Savannah Athletics 4–3 Jacksonville Braves
1955 Augusta Tigers 2–1 Montgomery Rebels
1956 Jacksonville Braves 2–0 Columbus Foxes
1957 Charlotte Hornets 2–1 Augusta Tigers
1958 Macon Dodgers 2–0 Jacksonville Braves
1959 Gastonia Pirates 3–0 Charleston ChaSox
1960 Savannah Pirates 3–0 Knoxville Smokies
1961 Asheville Tourists
1962 Macon Peaches 3–1 Knoxville Smokies
1963 Augusta Yankees
1964 Lynchburg White Sox
1965 Columbus Confederate Yankees
1966 Mobile Athletics
1967 Birmingham Athletics
1968 Asheville Tourists
1969 Charlotte Hornets
1970 Columbus Astros
1971 Charlotte Hornets 2–1 Asheville Tourists
1972 Montgomery Rebels 3–0 Asheville Orioles
1973 Montgomery Rebels 3–1 Jacksonville Suns
1974 Knoxville Sox 3–2 Jacksonville Suns
1975 Montgomery Rebels 3–0 Orlando Twins
1976 Montgomery Rebels 3–1 Orlando Twins
1977 Montgomery Rebels 2–0 Jacksonville Suns
1978 Knoxville Sox 2–1 Savannah Braves
1979 Nashville Sounds 3–1 Columbus Astros
1980 Charlotte O's 3–1 Memphis Chicks
1981 Orlando Twins 3–1 Nashville Sounds
1982 Nashville Sounds 3–1 Jacksonville Suns
1983 Birmingham Barons 3–1 Jacksonville Suns
1984 Charlotte O's 3–0 Knoxville Blue Jays
1985 Huntsville Stars 3–2 Charlotte O's
1986 Columbus Astros 3–2 Huntsville Stars
1987 Birmingham Barons 3–1 Charlotte Knights
1988 Chattanooga Lookouts 3–0 Greenville Braves
1989 Birmingham Barons 3–0 Greenville Braves
1990 Memphis Chicks 3–2 Orlando Sun Rays
1991 Orlando Sun Rays 3–1 Birmingham Barons
1992 Greenville Braves 3–2 Chattanooga Lookouts
1993 Birmingham Barons 3–1 Knoxville Smokies
1994 Huntsville Stars 3–1 Carolina Mudcats
1995 Carolina Mudcats 3–2 Chattanooga Lookouts
1996 Jacksonville Suns 3–1 Chattanooga Lookouts
1997 Greenville Braves 3–2 Huntsville Stars
1998 Mobile BayBears 3–1 Jacksonville Suns
1999 Orlando Rays 3–1 West Tenn Diamond Jaxx
2000 West Tenn Diamond Jaxx 3–2 Jacksonville Suns
2001[a] Huntsville Stars
Jacksonville Suns
2002 Birmingham Barons 3–0 Jacksonville Suns
2003 Carolina Mudcats 3–2 Huntsville Stars
2004[b] Mobile BayBears
Tennessee Smokies
2005 Jacksonville Suns 3–1 West Tenn Diamond Jaxx
2006 Montgomery Biscuits 3–1 Huntsville Stars
2007 Montgomery Biscuits 3–2 Huntsville Stars
2008 Mississippi Braves 3–2 Carolina Mudcats
2009 Jacksonville Suns 3–1 Tennessee Smokies
2010 Jacksonville Suns 3–1 Tennessee Smokies
2011 Mobile BayBears 3–1 Tennessee Smokies
2012 Mobile BayBears 3–1 Jackson Generals
2013 Birmingham Barons 3–2 Mobile BayBears
2014 Jacksonville Suns 3–0 Chattanooga Lookouts
2015 Chattanooga Lookouts 3–2 Biloxi Shuckers
2016 Jackson Generals 3–0 Mississippi Braves
2017[c] Chattanooga Lookouts
Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Championship wins by team[edit]

Active Southern League teams appear in bold.

Wins Team Championship years
7 Birmingham A's/Barons 1967, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993, 2002, 2013
6 Jacksonville Suns (Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp) 1996, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014
5 Montgomery Rebels 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977
4 Mobile BayBears 1998, 2004, 2011, 2012
3 Chattanooga Lookouts 1988, 2015, 2017
3 Huntsville Stars 1985, 1994, 2001
3 Knoxville Sox/Tennessee Smokies 1974, 1978, 2004
3 Orlando Twins/SunRays|Rays 1981, 1991, 1999
2 Carolina Mudcats 1995, 2003
2 Charlotte Hornets 1969, 1971
2 Charlotte O's 1980, 1984
2 Columbus Astros 1970, 1986
2 Greenville Braves 1992, 1997
2 Montgomery Biscuits 2006, 2007
2 Nashville Sounds 1979, 1982
2 West Tenn Diamond Jaxx/Jackson Generals 2000, 2016
1 Asheville Tourists 1968
1 Columbus Confederate Yankees 1965
1 Lynchburg White Sox 1964
1 Memphis Chicks 1990
1 Mississippi Braves 2008
1 Mobile Athletics 1966
1 Pensacola Blue Wahoos 2017

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a Huntsville and Jacksonville were declared co-champions after playoffs were cancelled in the wake the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
  • b Mobile and Tennessee were declared co-champions due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan.
  • c Chattanooga and Pensacola were declared co-champions after the playoffs were shortened due to the threat of Hurricane Irma.[2]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Playoff Procedures". Southern League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved March 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Southern League Championship Series canceled". Southern League. Minor League Baseball. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.