List of Carolina League champions

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The Carolina League of Minor League Baseball is one of three Class A-Advanced baseball leagues in the United States. The league was founded in 1945. A league champion is determined at the end of each season. Champions have been determined by postseason playoffs or being declared champion by the league office. Currently, the first-half and second-half winners in each division (Northern and Southern) compete in a best-of-five division series. Then, the Northern and Southern 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
1945 Danville Leafs 4–1 Raleigh Capitals
1946 Raleigh Capitals 4–2 Durham Bulls
1947 Raleigh Capitals 4–2 Durham Bulls
1948 Martinsville Athletics 4–2 Burlington Bees
1949 Burlington Bees 4–3 Raleigh Capitals
1950 Winston-Salem Cardinals 4–1 Burlington Bees
1951 Winston-Salem Cardinals 4–1 Reidsville Luckies
1952 Reidsville Luckies 4–0 Durham Bulls
1953 Danville Leafs 4–2 Reidsville Luckies
1954 Fayetteville Highlanders 4–1 Burlington Pirates
1955 Danville Leafs 4–2 High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms
1956 Fayetteville Highlanders 4–2 Danville Leafs
1957 Durham Bulls 4–3 High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms
1958 Burlington Indians 2–1 Greensboro Yankees
1959 Wilson Tobs 4–0 Raleigh Capitals
1960 Greensboro Yankees 4–1 Burlington Indians
1961 Wilson Tobs
1962 Kinston Eagles 4–3 Durham Bulls
1963 Wilson Tobs 2–1 Greensboro Yankees
1964 Winston-Salem Red Sox 2–0 Tidewater Tides
1965 Tidewater Tides 2–0 Durham Bulls
1966 Rocky Mount Leafs 2–0 Winston-Salem Red Sox
1967 Durham Bulls 2–1 Tidewater Tides
1968 High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms 2–0 Raleigh-Durham Mets
1969 Raleigh-Durham Phillies 2–1 Burlington Senators
1970 Winston-Salem Red Sox 2–0 Burlington Senators
1971 Peninsula Phillies 2–0 Kinston Eagles
1972 Salem Pirates 2–1 Burlington Rangers
1973 Salem Pirates 3–2 Lynchburg Twins
1974 Salem Pirates
1975 Rocky Mount Phillies
1976 Winston-Salem Red Sox
1977 Peninsula Pilots 3–2 Lynchburg Mets
1978 Lynchburg Mets 3–0 Peninsula Pilots
1979 Winston-Salem Red Sox
1980 Peninsula Pilots 3–1 Durham Bulls
1981 Hagerstown Suns 3–0 Peninsula Pilots
1982 Alexandria Dukes 3–0 Durham Bulls
1983 Lynchburg Mets 3–0 Winston-Salem Red Sox
1984 Lynchburg Mets 3–1 Durham Bulls
1985 Winston-Salem Spirits 3–1 Lynchburg Mets
1986 Winston-Salem Spirits 3–1 Hagerstown Suns
1987 Salem Buccaneers 3–1 Kinston Indians
1988 Kinston Indians 3–2 Lynchburg Red Sox
1989 Prince William Yankees 3–1 Durham Bulls
1990 Frederick Keys 3–2 Kinston Indians
1991 Kinston Indians 3–0 Lynchburg Red Sox
1992 Peninsula Pilots 3–2 Lynchburg Red Sox
1993 Winston-Salem Spirits 3–1 Wilmington Blue Rocks
1994 Wilmington Blue Rocks 3–0 Winston-Salem Spirits
1995 Kinston Indians 3–0 Wilmington Blue Rocks
1996 Wilmington Blue Rocks 3–1 Kinston Indians
1997 Lynchburg Hillcats 3–1 Kinston Indians
1998 Wilmington Blue Rocks 3–1 Winston-Salem Warthogs
1999
[a]
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Wilmington Blue Rocks
2–2
2000 Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3–0 Lynchburg Hillcats
2001 Salem Avalanche 3–2 Wilmington Blue Rocks
2002 Lynchburg Hillcats 3–1 Kinston Indians
2003 Winston-Salem Warthogs 3–0 Lynchburg Hillcats
2004 Kinston Indians 3–2 Wilmington Blue Rocks
2005 Frederick Keys 3–2 Kinston Indians
2006 Kinston Indians 3–0 Frederick Keys
2007 Frederick Keys 3–1 Salem Avalanche
2008 Potomac Nationals 3–1 Myrtle Beach Pelicans
2009 Lynchburg Hillcats 3–0 Salem Red Sox
2010 Potomac Nationals 3–1 Winston-Salem Dash
2011 Frederick Keys 3–1 Kinston Indians
2012 Lynchburg Hillcats 3–1 Winston-Salem Dash
2013 Salem Red Sox 3–0 Potomac Nationals
2014 Potomac Nationals 3–1 Myrtle Beach Pelicans
2015 Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3–0 Wilmington Blue Rocks
2016 Myrtle Beach Pelicans 3–1 Lynchburg Hillcats
2017
[b]
Down East Wood Ducks
Lynchburg Hillcats
2018[c] Buies Creek Astros 1–0 Potomac Nationals

Championship wins by team[edit]

Active Carolina League teams appear in bold.

Wins Team Championship years
11 Winston-Salem Cards/Red Sox/Pirates/Spirits/Warthogs (Winston-Salem Dash) 1950, 1951, 1964, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1993, 2003
8 Lynchburg Mets/Hillcats 1978, 1983, 1984, 1997, 2002, 2009, 2012, 2017
6 Kinston Eagles/Indians 1962, 1988, 1991, 1995, 2004, 2006
5 Salem Pirates/Buccaneers/Avalanche/Red Sox 1972, 1974, 1987, 2001, 2013
4 Frederick Keys 1990, 2005, 2007, 2011
4 Myrtle Beach Pelicans 1999, 2000, 2015, 2016
4 Peninsula Phillies/Pilots 1971, 1977, 1980, 1992
4 Prince William Yankees/Potomac Nationals 1989, 2008, 2010, 2014
4 Wilmington Blue Rocks 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999
3 Danville Leafs 1945, 1953, 1955
3 Wilson Tobs 1959, 1961, 1963
2 Burlington Indians/Bees 1949, 1958
2 Durham Bulls 1957, 1967
2 Fayetteville Highlanders 1954, 1956
2 Raleigh Capitals 1946, 1947
2 Rocky Mount Leafs/Phillies 1966, 1975
1 Alexandria Dukes 1982
1 Buies Creek Astros 2018
1 Down East Wood Ducks 2017
1 Greensboro Yankees 1960
1 Hagerstown Suns 1981
1 High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms 1968
1 Martinsville Athletics 1948
1 Raleigh-Durham Phillies 1969
1 Reidsville Luckies 1952
1 Tidewater Tides 1965

Notes[edit]

  • a Myrtle Beach and Wilmington were declared co-champions when the series was tied 2–2 and canceled because of the threat of Hurricane Floyd.[2]
  • b Down East and Lynchburg were declared co-champions as a result of the playoffs being called off because of the threat of Hurricane Irma.[3]
  • c The best-of-five championship series was shortened to a one-game final due to the threat of Hurricane Florence.[4]

References[edit]

General
  • "League Champions". Carolina League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
Specific
  1. ^ "Playoff Procedures". Carolina League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Young, Ryan (April 3, 2013). "Pelicans Through the Years". The Sun News. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Carolina League cancels Mills Cup Finals". Carolina League. Minor League Baseball. September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Dykstra, Sam (September 11, 2018). "Mills Cup Finals to be one-game series". Carolina League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved September 11, 2018.