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The 1975 Waterloo Royals, who had league MVP Willie Wilson patrolling the outfield, compiled a .727 won/lost percentage and swept Quad City's Angels in the playoff; this is a league team's best single season. Four other teams have topped .700: The 1978 Appleton Foxes (.708; LaMarr Hoyt pitched for this team), the 1948 West Frankfort Cardinals (.708; pitcher Floyd Mellaire was the best player), the 1997 West Michigan Whitecaps (.702; Robert Fick was MWL MVP), and the 1951 Paris Lakers (.700; led by first baseman Clint McCord's exceptional season).



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The Appleton/Fox Cities/Wisconsin franchise has taken home eight championship trophies, while teams representing Waterloo managed to capture seven. West Michigan ranks next with five titles, and Quad Cities and Danville have captured four championships apiece.

Not surprisingly, Appleton and Waterloo teams have the most years leading the league in win percentage, at nine apiece; West Michigan's next, again, with five. Clinton and Kane County have managed to take the wins title four times.


The official champion is that listed as Playoff Champion in the tables below, with notes to mark the seasons without playoffs. In all non-playoff seasons, the championship was awarded to the obvious team. Three playoff series have been cut short by non-baseball events: The 1950 season had an incomplete playoff and no champion, the 2001 championship round was terminated after one game, and the 2008 championship series was terminated after two games.

Since the MWL usually plays a split season and has often had more than one division, the team with the best season record is not necessarily the season's champion; nonetheless, the best won/lost record is significant and interesting. Those, too, are shown below.

The league's previous names are indicated in appropriate places on the listings.



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2000-09


Year Playoff Champion Best Record Won Lost Pct
2009 Fort Wayne Fort Wayne 94 46 .671
2008 Burlington** Clinton 78 54 .569
2007 West Michigan West Michigan 83 57 .593
2006 West Michigan West Michigan 89 48 .650
2005 South Bend South Bend 84 56 .600
2004 West Michigan Kane County 83 56 .597
2003 Lansing Kane County 80 59 .576
2002 Peoria Peoria 85 53 .616
2001 Kane County** Kane County 88 50 .638
2000 Michigan West Michigan 88 52 .629

1990-99


Year Playoff Champion Best Record Won Lost Pct
1999 Burlington Kane County 78 59 .569
1998 West Michigan West Michigan 83 57 .593
1997 Lansing West Michigan 92 39 .702
1996 West Michigan Peoria 79 57 .581
1995 Beloit Beloit 88 51 .633
1994 Cedar Rapids Rockford 89 50 .640
1993 South Bend Clinton 80 54 .597
1992 Cedar Rapids Quad City 91 46 .664
1991 Clinton Clinton 81 58 .583
1990 Quad City Cedar Rapids 88 46 .657

1980-89


Year Playoff Champion Best Record Won Lost Pct
1989 South Bend South Bend 85 47 .644
1988 Cedar Rapids Cedar Rapids 87 53 .621
1987 Kenosha Springfield 94 46 .671
1986 Waterloo Springfield 87 53 .621
1985 Kenosha Appleton 85 54 .612
1984 Appleton Appleton 87 49 .640
1983 Appleton Appleton 87 50 .635
1982 Appleton Madison 87 52 .626
1981 Wausau Wausau 84 48 .636
1980 Waterloo Waterloo 86 55 .610

1970-79


Year Playoff Champion Best Record Won Lost Pct
1979 Quad City Waterloo 81 54 .600
1978 Appleton Appleton 97 40 .708
1977 Burlington Waterloo 80 58 .580
1976 Waterloo Waterloo 78 52 .600
1975 Waterloo Waterloo 93 35 .727
1974 Danville Wisconsin Rapids 80 48 .625
1973 Wisconsin Rapids Clinton 73 51 .589
1972 Danville Appleton 76 51 .598
1971 Quad Cities Appleton 79 44 .642
1970 Quincy Quincy 68 45 .602

1960-69


Year Playoff Champion Best Record Won Lost Pct
1969 Appleton* Appleton 84 41 .672
1968 Quad City Decatur 69 48 .590
1967 Appleton Appleton 71 46 .607
1966 Fox Cities Cedar Rapids 81 40 .669
1965 Burlington* Burlington 82 40 .672
1964 Fox Cities Fox Cities 81 43 .653
1963 Clinton* Clinton 83 41 .669
1962 Dubuque Waterloo 73 50 .593
1961 Quincy Waterloo 75 51 .595
1960 Waterloo* Waterloo 81 43 .653

1947-59


Year Playoff Champion Best Record Won Lost Pct
1959 Waterloo* Waterloo 76 48 .613
1958 Waterloo Kokomo 68 51 .571
1957 Decatur Kokomo 77 50 .606
1956 Paris Paris 73 52 .584
Mississippi-Ohio Valley League
Year Playoff Champion Best Record Won Lost Pct
1955 Dubuque Dubuque 74 52 .587
1954 Danville Decatur 74 52 .587
1953 Decatur Decatur 68 50 .576
1952 Decatur Danville 87 40 .685
1951 Danville Paris 84 36 .700
1950 [no champion]** Centralia 83 40 .675
1949 Paducah Centralia 74 44 .627
Illinois State League
Year Playoff Champion Best Record Won Lost Pct
1948 West Frankfort West Frankfort 85 35 .708
1947 Belleville* Belleville 75 37 .670

Much of the information on this page is also presented in a discussion of the Championship Playoff Series, also on this website. The pages have different emphases, and each contains information which does not fit on the other.


Notes

*No Championship playoff held; team with best record declared champion.
**Championship playoff cancelled before completion due to non-baseball events.

Sources

News Sources.
Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff, Editors, The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd ed; Durham: Baseball America, 1997.



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