List of Pacific Coast League champions
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 postseason playoffs, winning the regular season pennant, or being declared champion by the league office. Currently, the Northern and Southern Division champions within each conference (American and Pacific) meet in a best-of-five series to determine conference champions. Then, the American and Pacific Conference champions play a best-of-five series to determine a league champion.
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. However, a few seasons during this time did feature a postseason 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. With the exception of the 1932 to 1934 seasons, during which no postseason play occurred, this was the start of consistent postseason play. These initial championship series consisted of a two-team best-of-seven games series.
Postseason 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. Financial problems resulted in the championship series of 1951 and 1954 being shortened to best-of-three games contests. League financial concerns also forced the cancellation of the 1950, 1952, and 1953 postseasons; the regular season pennant winners were declared champions.
The PCL did away with postseason 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 postseason 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.
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 Northern and Southern Division champions within each conference (American and Pacific) meet in a best-of-five series to determine conference champions. Then, the American and Pacific Conference champions play a best-of-five championship series to determine a league champion.
- Score and finalist information is only presented when postseason play occurred. The lack of this information indicates a declared league champion.
Championship wins by teamEdit
Active Pacific Coast League teams appear in bold.
|14||San Francisco Seals||1909, 1915, 1917, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1957|
|12||Los Angeles Angels||1903, 1905, 1907, 1908, 1916, 1918, 1921, 1926, 1933, 1934, 1947, 1956|
|8||Albuquerque Dukes||1972, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1990, 1994|
|8||Portland Beavers||1906, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1932, 1936, 1983|
|7||Seattle Indians/Angels/Rainiers||1924, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1951, 1955, 1966|
|5||Hollywood Stars||1929, 1930, 1949, 1952, 1953|
|5||Oakland Oaks||1912, 1927, 1948, 1950, 1954|
|5||Tacoma Giants/Cubs/Yankees/Rainiers||1961, 1969, 1978, 2001, 2010|
|4||Edmonton Trappers||1984, 1996, 1997, 2002|
|4||Memphis Redbirds||2000, 2009, 2017, 2018|
|4||Sacramento River Cats||2003, 2004, 2007, 2008|
|4||San Diego Padres||1937, 1962, 1964, 1967|
|4||Spokane Indians||1960, 1970, 1973, 1974|
|3||Omaha Storm Chasers||2011, 2013, 2014|
|3||Salt Lake City Bees/Gulls/Angels||1959, 1971, 1979|
|3||Vancouver Canadians||1985, 1989, 1999|
|2||Colorado Springs Sky Sox||1992, 1995|
|2||Hawaii Islanders||1975, 1976|
|2||Las Vegas Stars (Las Vegas 51s)||1986, 1988|
|2||New Orleans Zephyrs (New Orleans Baby Cakes)||1998, 2001|
|2||Oklahoma City 89ers (Oklahoma City Dodgers)||1963, 1965|
|2||Phoenix Giants||1958, 1977|
|2||Sacramento Solons||1938, 1939|
|2||Tucson Toros||1991, 1993|
|2||Vernon Tigers||1919, 1920|
|1||El Paso Chihuahuas||2016|
- a The 1918 season was suspended on July 14 because of World War I travel restrictions. Los Angeles won the championship after a postseason series against Vernon.
- b The 1950, 1952, and 1953 Governor's Cup Playoffs were cancelled for financial reasons. The league declared team champions.
- c Albuquerque and Tacoma were declared co-champions after continuing rain washed out the semi-final series between Portland and Tacoma.
- d New Orleans and Tacoma were declared co-champions after playoffs were cancelled in the wake the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.