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 International League Governors' Cup Championship  

Frank "Shag" Shaughnessy, who served as International League President from 1936 until 1960, introduced his playoff system to the league in 1933 and the Governors' Cup was born.

Shaughnessy, enshrined in the International League's Hall of Fame when first formed in 1947, saw the need to maintain interest for more than one or two clubs to the conclusion of each season and his playoff format, which allowed the top four teams to advance, filled that bill. After viewing the success of this format in the International League, several other leagues (including the Pacific Coast League) were soon to follow.

A trophy to be awarded to the annual winner of the Shaughnessy playoff format was designed by then International League Supervisor of Umpires W.B. Carpenter, a silversmith. Named the Governors' Cup, the trophy was sponsored by the Governors' of New York, New Jersey, and Maryland, as well as the Lieutenant-Governors of the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario (at the the time, all 8 IL clubs - Albany, Baltimore, Buffalo, Jersey City, Montreal, Newark, Rochester & Toronto - were located in one of those states or provinces).

After 55 years of service and many, many homes, the original Governors' Cup Trophy was given a permanent home in Cooperstown, NY at the Baseball Hall of Fame following the 1988 season. The original trophy, which was baseball's oldest rotating trophy at the time of its' retirement, consists primarily of solid silver and has been appraised at more than $3,000. A new trophy carrying the Governors' Cup name and tradition was created and continues to be passed on an annual basis to the winner of the League's Governors' Cup Playoff Series.

International League Governors' Cup Results

(Champion in bold; score indicates number of games won)

YEAR

FINALISTS

OTHER PARTICIPANTS

1933

Buffalo 4, Rochester 2

Newark-Baltimore

1934

Toronto 4, Rochester 1

Newark-Albany

1935

Syracuse 4, Montreal 3

Buffalo-Newark

1936

Buffalo 4, Baltimore 2

Newark-Rochester

1937

Newark 4, Baltimore 0

Syracuse-Montreal

1938

Newark 4, Buffalo 1

Rochester-Syracuse

1939

Rochester 4, Newark 3

Jersey City-Buffalo

1940

Newark 4, Baltimore 3

Rochester-Jersey City

1941

Montreal 4, Newark 3

Buffalo-Rochester

1942

Syracuse 4, Jersey City 0

Montreal-Newark

1943

Syracuse 4, Toronto 2

Newark-Montreal

1944

Baltimore 4, Newark 3

Buffalo-Toronto

1945

Newark 4, Montreal 3

Toronto-Baltimore

1946

Montreal 4, Syracuse 1

Baltimore-Newark

1947

Syracuse 4, Buffalo 3

Jersey City-Montreal

1948

Montreal 4, Syracuse 1

Rochester-Newark

1949

Montreal 4, Buffalo 1

Rochester-Jersey City

1950

Baltimore 4, Rochester 2

Montreal-Jersey City

1951

Montreal 4, Syracuse 1

Rochester-Buffalo

1952

Rochester 4, Montreal 2

Syracuse-Toronto

1953

Montreal 4, Rochester 0

Buffalo-Baltimore

1954

Syracuse 4, Montreal 3

Toronto-Rochester

1955

Rochester 4, Toronto 0

Havana-Montreal

1956

Rochester 4, Toronto 3

Miami-Montreal

1957

Buffalo 4, Miami 1

Toronto-Richmond

1958

Montreal 4, Toronto 1

Rochester-Columbus

1959

Havana 4, Richmond 2

Buffalo-Columbus

1960

Toronto 4, Rochester 1

Richmond-Buffalo

1961

Buffalo 4, Rochester 1

Columbus-Charleston

1962

Atlanta 4, Jacksonville 3

Toronto-Rochester

1963

Indianapolis 4, Atlanta 2

Syracuse-Toronto

1964

Rochester 4, Syracuse 2

Jacksonville-Buffalo

1965

Toronto 4, Columbus 1

Atlanta-Syracuse

1966

Toronto 4, Richmond 1

Rochester-Columbus

1967

Toledo 4, Columbus 1

Richmond-Rochester

1968

Jacksonville 4, Columbus 0

Toledo-Rochester

1969

Syracuse 4, Columbus 1

Tidewater-Louisville

1970

Syracuse 3, Columbus 1

Rochester-Tidewater

1971

Rochester 3, Tidewater 2

Charleston-Syracuse

1972

Tidewater 3, Louisville 2

Charleston-Rochester

1973

Pawtucket 3, Charleston 2

Rochester-Tidewater

1974

Rochester 4, Syracuse 3

Memphis-Richmond

1975

Tidewater 3, Syracuse 1

Charleston-Rochester

1976

Syracuse 3, Richmond 1

Rochester-Memphis

1977

Charleston 4, Pawtucket 0

Richmond-Tidewater

1978

Richmond 4, Pawtucket 3

Charleston-Toledo

1979

Columbus 4, Syracuse 3

Richmond-Tidewater

1980

Columbus 4, Toledo 1

Richmond-Rochester

1981

Columbus 2, Richmond 1

Rochester-Tidewater

1982

Tidewater 3, Rochester 0

Richmond-Columbus

1983

Tidewater 3, Richmond 1

Columbus-Charleston

1984

Pawtucket 3, Maine 2

Columbus-Toledo

1985

Tidewater 3, Columbus 1

Syracuse-Maine

1986

Richmond 3, Rochester 0

Pawtucket-Tidewater

1987

Columbus 3, Tidewater 2

Rochester-Pawtucket

1988

Rochester 3, Tidewater 1

 

1989

Richmond 3, Syracuse 1

 

1990

Rochester 3, Columbus 2

 

1991

Columbus 3, Pawtucket 0

 

1992

Columbus 3, Scranton/W.B. 2

Richmond-Pawtucket

1993

Charlotte 3, Rochester 2

Richmond-Ottawa

1994

Richmond 3, Syracuse 0

Charlotte-Pawtucket

1995

Ottawa 3, Norfolk 1

Richmond-Rochester

1996

Columbus 3, Rochester 0

Norfolk-Pawtucket

1997

Rochester 3, Columbus 2

Charlotte-Pawtucket

1998

Buffalo 3, Durham 2

Louisville-Syracuse

1999

Charlotte 3, Durham 1

Columbus-Scranton/W.B.

2000

Indianapolis 3, Scranton/W.B. 2

Buffalo-Durham

2001

Louisville 1, Scranton/W.B. 0

Buffalo-Norfolk

2002

Durham 3, Buffalo 1

Scranton/W.B.-Toledo

2003

Durham 3, Pawtucket 0

Louisville-Ottawa

2004

Buffalo 3, Richmond 1

Columbus-Durham

2005

Toledo 3, Indianapolis 0

Buffalo-Norfolk

2006

Toledo 3, Rochester 2

Charlotte-Scranton/WB-Indianapolis

2007

Richmond 3, Durham 2

Scranton/WB-Toledo

2008

Scranton/WB 3, Durham 1

Pawtucket-Louisville

2009

Durham 3, Scranton/WB 0

Gwinnett-Louisville

2010

Columbus 3, Durham 1

Scranton/WB-Louisville

2011

Columbus 3, Lehigh Valley 1

Durham-Pawtucket

2012

Pawtucket 3, Charlotte 0

Scranton/WB-Indianapolis



International League Governors' Cup Championships

Ten

Rochester (1939,1952,1955,1956,1964,1971,1974,1988,1990,1997)

Nine

Columbus (1979,1980,1981,1987,1991,1992,1996,2010,2011)

Eight

Syracuse (1935,1942,1943,1947,1954,1969,1970,1976)

Seven

Montreal (1941,1946,1948,1949,1951,1953,1958)

Six

Buffalo (1933,1936,1957,1961,1998,2004)

Five

Tidewater/Norfolk (1972,1975,1982,1983,1985)

 

Richmond (1978,1986,1989,1994,2007)

Four

Newark (1937,1938,1940,1945)

 

Toronto (1934,1960,1965,1966)

Three

Toledo (1967,2005,2006)

 

Durham (2002,2003,2009)

 

Pawtucket (1973,1984,2012)

Two

Baltimore (1944,1950)

 

Indianapolis (1963,2000)

 

Charlotte (1993,1999)

One

Havana (1959)

 

Atlanta (1962)

 

Jacksonville (1968)

 

Charleston (1977)

 

Ottawa (1995)

 

Louisville (2001)

 

Scranton/WB (2008)