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 Post-Season Play in the Pacific Coast League  

While the Pacific Coast League crowned playoff champions in 1904, 1905, and 1918, the League did not begin a consistent post-season schedule until 1928. Following that season, the PCL's first Championship Trophy was awarded to the San Francisco Seals, who defeated Sacramento 4 games to 2. The trophy was called the Governors' Cup and was named in recognition of the three states with teams in the Pacific Coast League at the time: California, Oregon, and Washington. The circuit did not hold playoffs from 1932-34, but resumed the two-team format in 1935 before moving to the Shaughnessey (4-team) system in 1936. The Governors' Cup was continuously given to the League's Playoff Champion until 1954, at which time it was placed in the Helms Athletic Foundation Museum, located in Los Angeles. The PCL did not give out a trophy or hold a post-season playoff series again until 1963. As for the Governor's Cup itself, when the Helms Foundation Museum closed in 1965, most of the exhibits were sold off, including the Governors' Cup. A collector in Los Angeles bought the cup, but it was stolen from him in the early 1970s and the current whereabouts of the cup are unknown.

Since 1963, when the PCL resumed post-season play, there have been myriad trophies given out (sometimes sporadically) to the League champion. In the 80s and early 90s, the trophy was four feet tall and made of wood and brass, with three bats extending from the base to a platform topped by a baseball glove. In the mid-90s, the PCL trophy resembled the MLB trophy with metal flags representing each one of the League's 10 teams circling a wooden base. Since 1998, the PCL trophy has looked similar to the one shown at left, with a glass wedge attached to a wooden base.

Interestingly, the PCL has declared co-champions twice in the past 30 years. In 1978, Albuquerque swept its' first round series with Salt Lake and awaited the winner of the Tacoma-Portland battle. The series between the Yankees (Tacoma) and Beavers (Portland) was deadlocked at 2 games apiece when heavy rains and a gloomy forcast forced League President Roy Jackson to declare the series over. Albuquerque and Tacoma (which had a better regular season record) we declared co-champions.

In 2001, Tacoma and New Orleans had dispatched Sacramento and Iowa respectively in the first round of the PCL playoffs and were ready to begin the five-game Championship Series in New Orleans when tragedy struck the nation on September 11th. After several days of delay, PCL President Branch Rickey cancelled the series (all Minor League Playoff series were ended) and declared the Rainiers and Zephyrs co-champions.

Pacific Coast League Playoff Results

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

YEAR

FINALISTS

OTHER PARTICIPANTS

1904

Tacoma 5, Los Angeles 4 (with 1 tie)

 

1905

Los Angeles 5, Tacoma-Sacramento 1

 

1906-17

No post-season play

 

1918

Los Angeles 5, Vernon 2

 

1919-27

No post-season play

 

1928

San Francisco 4, Sacramento 2

 

1929

Hollywood 4, Mission 2

 

1930

Hollywood 4, Los Angeles 1

 

1931

San Francisco 4, Hollywood 0

 

1932-34

No post-season play

 

1935

San Francisco 4, Los Angeles 2

 

1936

Portland 4, Oakland 1

Seattle-San Diego

1937

San Diego 4, Portland 0

Sacramento-San Francisco

1938

Sacramento 4, San Francisco 1

Los Angeles-Seattle

1939

Sacramento 4, Los Angeles

Seattle-San Francisco

1940

Seattle 4, Los Angeles 1

Oakland-San Diego

1941

Seattle 4, Sacramento 3

San Diego-Hollywood

1942

Seattle 4, Los Angeles 2

Sacramento-San Diego

1943

San Francisco 4, Seattle 2

Los Angeles-Portland

1944

San Francisco 4, Los Angeles 2

Portland-Oakland

1945

San Francisco 4, Seattle 2

Portland-Sacramento

1946

San Francisco 4, Oakland

Hollywood-Los Angeles

1947

Los Angeles 4, Oakland

San Francisco-Portland

1948

Oakland 4, Seattle 1

San Francisco-Los Angeles

1949

Hollywood 4, San Diego

Oakland, Sacramento

1950

No post-season play

 

1951

Seattle 3, Hollywood 2

Los Angeles-Portland

1952-53

No post-season play

 

1954

Oakland 2, San Francisco 0

San Diego-Hollywood

1955-62

No post-season play

 

1963

Oklahoma City 4, Spokane

 

1964

San Diego 4, Arkansas 3

 

1965

Oklahoma City 4, Portland

 

1966

Seattle 4, Tulsa 3

 

1967

San Diego 4, Spokane 2

 

1968

Tulsa 4, Spokane 1

 

1969

Tacoma 3, Eugene 2

 

1970

Spokane 4, Hawaii 0

 

1971

Salt Lake City 3, Tacoma 1

 

1972

Albuquerque 3, Eugene 1

 

1973

Spokane 3, Tucson 0

 

1974

Spokane 3, Albuquerque

 

1975

Hawaii 4, Salt Lake City 2

 

1976

Hawaii 3, Salt Lake City 2

 

1977

Phoenix 3, Salt Lake City 2

 

1978

Albuquerque and Tacoma named co-champions.

Portland-Salt Lake

1979

Salt Lake City 3, Hawaii 0

Vancouver-Albuquerque

1980

Albuquerque 3, Hawaii 2

Vancouver-Tucson

1981

Albuquerque 3, Tacoma

Hawaii

1982

Albuquerque 4, Spokane

Salt Lake City-Tacoma

1983

Portland 3, Albuquerque 0

Edmonton-Las Vegas

1984

Edmonton 2, Hawaii 0

Las Vegas-Salt Lake City

1985

Vancouver 3, Phoenix 0

Calgary-Hawaii

1986

Las Vegas 3, Vancouver 2

Phoenix-Tacoma

1987

Albuquerque 3, Tacoma 1

Las Vegas-Calgary

1988

Las Vegas 3, Vancouver 1

Portland-Albuquerque

1989

Vancouver 3, Albuquerque 1

Colorado Springs-Calgary

1990

Albuquerque 3, Edmonton 0

Colorado Springs-Tacoma

1991

Tucson 3, Calgary 2

Portland-Colorado Springs

1992

Colorado Springs 3, Vancouver 0

Las Vegas-Portland

1993

Tucson 4, Portland 2

 

1994

Albuquerque 4, Vancouver 2

Colorado Springs-Salt Lake

1995

Colorado Springs 3, Salt Lake 2

Vancouver-Tucson

1996

Edmonton 3, Phoenix 1

Salt Lake-Las Vegas

1997

Edmonton 3, Phoenix 1

Vancouver-Colorado Springs

1998

New Orleans 3, Calgary 1

Iowa-Fresno

1999

Vancouver 3, Oklahoma 1

Salt Lake-Omaha

2000

Memphis 3, Salt Lake 1

Sacramento-Albuquerque

2001

New Orleans and Tacoma declared co-champions.

Sacramento-Iowa

2002

Edmonton 3, Salt Lake 1

Oklahoma-Las Vegas

2003

Sacramento 3, Nashville 0

Albuquerque-Edmonton

2004

Sacramento 3, Iowa 0

Oklahoma-Portland

2005

Nashville 3, Tacoma 0

Oklahoma-Sacramento

2006

Tucson 3, Round Rock 0

Salt Lake-Nashville

2007

Sacramento 3, New Orleans 0

Salt Lake-Nashville

2008

Sacramento 3, Oklahoma 1

Salt Lake-Iowa

2009

Memphis 3, Sacramento 0

Albuquerque-Tacoma

2010

Tacoma 3, Memphis 0

Sacramento-Oklahoma City

2011

Omaha 3, Sacramento 0

Round Rock-Reno

2012

Reno 3, Omaha 1

Albuquerque-Sacramento

2013

Omaha 3, Salt Lake 1

Las Vegas-Oklahoma City

2014

Omaha 3, Reno 2

Las Vegas-Memphis

2015

Fresno 3, Round Rock 2

El Paso-Oklahoma City

2016

El Paso 3, Oklahoma City 1

Tacoma-Nashville



Pacific Coast League Post-Season Championships

Eight

Albuquerque (1972, 1978*, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1990, 1994)

Seven

San Francisco (1928, 1931, 1935, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946)

Six

Sacramento (1938, 1939, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008)

Five

Seattle (1940, 1941, 1942, 1951, 1966)

 

Tacoma (1904, 1969, 1978*, 2001*, 2010)

Three

Los Angeles (1905, 1918, 1947)

 

Hollywood (1929, 1930, 1949)

 

Portland (1936, 1983, 1984)

 

San Diego (1937, 1964, 1967)

 

Spokane (1970, 1973, 1974)

 

Vancouver (1985, 1989, 1999)

 

Edmonton (1996, 1997, 2002)

 

Tucson (1991, 1993, 2006)

 

Omaha (2011, 2013, 2014)

Two

Oakland (1948, 1954)

 

Oklahoma (1963, 1965)

 

Salt Lake (1971, 1979)

 

Hawaii (1975, 1976)

 

Las Vegas (1986, 1988)

 

Colorado Springs (1992, 1995)

 

New Orleans (1998, 2001*)

 

Memphis (2000,2009)

One

Tulsa (1968)

 

Phoenix (1977)

 

Nashville (2005)

 

Reno (2012)

 

Fresno (2015)

 

El Paso (2016)

 

* indicates co-champions