List of Appalachian League champions

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The Appalachian League of Minor League Baseball is one of two Rookie Advanced baseball leagues in the United States. A league champion is determined at the end of each season. Champions have been determined by postseason playoffs or winning the regular season pennant. Currently, the two teams with the highest winning percentages in each of two divisions, East and West, are eligible for the postseason. These teams compete in a best-of-three series to determine division champions. The winners then play each other in a best-of-three 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
1911 Johnson City Soldiers
1912 Bristol Boosters
1913 Johnson City Soldiers
1914[a] Middlesboro Colonels
Morristown Jobbers
1915 Not in operation
1916 Not in operation
1917 Not in operation
1918 Not in operation
1919 Not in operation
1920 Not in operation
1921 Johnson City Soldiers
1922 Bristol State Liners
1923 Knoxville Pioneers
1924 Knoxville Pioneers
1925 Greeneville Burley Cubs
1926 Not in operation
1927 Not in operation
1928 Not in operation
1929 Not in operation
1930 Not in operation
1931 Not in operation
1932 Not in operation
1933 Not in operation
1934 Not in operation
1935 Not in operation
1936 Not in operation
1937 Pennington Gap Lee Bears
1938 Greeneville Burley Cubs
1939 Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox
1940 Johnson City Cardinals
1941 Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox
1942 Bristol Twins
1943 Bristol Twins
1944 Kingsport Cherokees
1945 Kingsport Cherokees
1946 New River Rebels
1947 New River Rebels
1948 Pulaski Counts
1949 Bluefield Blue-Grays
1950 Bluefield Blue-Grays
1951 Kingsport Cherokees
1952 Welch Miners
1953 Welch Miners
1954 Bluefield Blue-Grays
1955 Salem Rebels
1956 Not in operation
1957 Bluefield Dodgers
1958 Johnson City Phillies
1959 Morristown Cubs
1960 Wytheville Senators
1961 Middlesboro Senators
1962 Bluefield Orioles
1963 Bluefield Orioles
1964 Johnson City Yankees
1965 Salem Pirates
1966 Marion Mets
1967 Bluefield Orioles
1968 Marion Mets
1969 Pulaski Phillies
1970 Bluefield Orioles
1971 Bluefield Orioles
1972 Bristol Tigers
1973 Kingsport Royals
1974 Bristol Tigers
1975 Johnson City Cardinals
1976 Johnson City Cardinals
1977 Kingsport Braves
1978 Elizabethton Twins
1979 Paintsville Yankees
1980 Paintsville Yankees
1981 Paintsville Yankees
1982 Bluefield Orioles
1983 Paintsville Brewers
1984 Elizabethton Twins 1–0 Pulaski Braves
1985 Bristol Tigers
1986 Pulaski Braves 2–1 Johnson City Cardinals
1987 Burlington Indians 2–0 Johnson City Cardinals
1988 Kingsport Mets 2–0 Burlington Indians
1989 Elizabethton Twins 2–0 Pulaski Braves
1990 Elizabethton Twins
1991 Pulaski Braves 2–0 Burlington Indians
1992 Bluefield Orioles 2–1 Elizabethton Twins
1993 Burlington Indians 2–0 Elizabethton Twins
1994 Princeton Reds 2–1 Johnson City Cardinals
1995 Kingsport Mets 2–1 Bluefield Orioles
1996 Bluefield Orioles 2–1 Kingsport Mets
1997 Bluefield Orioles 2–0 Pulaski Rangers
1998 Bristol White Sox 2–0 Princeton Devil Rays
1999 Martinsville Astros 2–0 Pulaski Rangers
2000 Elizabethton Twins 2–0 Danville Braves
2001 Bluefield Orioles 2–1 Elizabethton Twins
2002 Bristol White Sox 2–1 Bluefield Orioles
2003 Elizabethton Twins 2–1 Martinsville Astros
2004 Greeneville Astros 2–1 Danville Braves
2005 Elizabethton Twins 2–1 Danville Braves
2006 Danville Braves 2–1 Elizabethton Twins
2007 Elizabethton Twins 2–0 Danville Braves
2008 Elizabethton Twins 2–0 Pulaski Mariners
2009 Danville Braves 2–0 Elizabethton Twins
2010 Johnson City Cardinals 2–0 Elizabethton Twins
2011 Johnson City Cardinals 2–0 Bluefield Blue Jays
2012 Elizabethton Twins 2–1 Burlington Royals
2013 Pulaski Mariners 2–0 Greeneville Astros
2014 Johnson City Cardinals 2–1 Danville Braves
2015 Greeneville Astros 2–1 Princeton Rays
2016 Johnson City Cardinals 2–0 Burlington Royals
2017 Elizabethton Twins 2–0 Pulaski Yankees

Championship wins by team[edit]

Active Appalachian League teams appear in bold.

Wins Team Championship years
14 Bluefield Blue-Grays/Dodgers/Orioles (Bluefield Blue Jays) 1949, 1950, 1954, 1957, 1962, 1963, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1982, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2001
11 Elizabethton Twins 1978, 1984, 1989, 1990, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2017
9 Johnson City Phillies/Yankees/Cardinals 1940, 1958, 1964, 1975, 1976, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016
7 Bristol Tigers/White Sox (Bristol Pirates) 1972, 1974, 1985, 1942, 1943, 1998, 2002
7 Kingsport Cherokees/Royals/Braves/Mets 1944, 1945, 1951, 1973, 1977, 1988, 1995
6 Pulaski Counts/Phillies/Braves/Mariners/Yankees 1948, 1969, 1986, 1991, 2013, 2017
4 Paintsville Yankees/Brewers 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983
3 Johnson City Soldiers 1911, 1913, 1921
2 Burlington Indians (Burlington Royals) 1987, 1993
2 Danville Braves 2006, 2009
2 Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox 1939, 1941
2 Greeneville Astros 2004, 2015
2 Greeneville Burley Cubs 1925, 1938
2 Knoxville Pioneers 1923, 1924
2 Marion Mets 1966, 1968
2 New River Rebels 1946, 1947
2 Salem Pirates/Rebels 1955, 1965
2 Welch Miners 1952, 1953
1 Bristol Boosters 1912
1 Bristol State Liners 1922
1 Martinsville Astros 1999
1 Middlesboro Colonels 1914
1 Middlesboro Senators 1961
1 Morristown Cubs 1959
1 Morristown Jobbers 1914
1 Pennington Gap Lee Bears 1937
1 Princeton Reds (Princeton Rays) 1994
1 Wytheville Senators 1960

Notes[edit]

  • a Middlesboro and Morristown were in first place when the league disbanded on June 17

References[edit]

  • "Standings". 2017 Appalachian League Media Guide and Record Book. Minor League Baseball. pp. 39–61. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  1. ^ "Playoff Procedures". Appalachian League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved August 11, 2017.