This handy list of 2005 minor league champions was in the agate type of Sunday’s Los Angeles Times sports section, near the CFL results (Edmonton 37, British Columbia 20).
- Triple A
- Pacific Coast League: Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers)
- International League: Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers)
- Double A
- Eastern League: Akron Aeros (Cleveland Indians)
- Southern League: Jacksonville Suns (Dodgers)
- Texas League: Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics)
- Class A
- California League: San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants)
- Carolina League: Frederick Keys (Baltimore Orioles)
- Florida State League: Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals)
- Midwest League: South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona Diamondbacks)
- South Atlantic League: Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox)
- New York-Penn League: Staten Island Yankees (New York Yankees)
- Northwest League: Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers)
- Appalachian League: Elizabethton Twins (Minnesota Twins)
- Arizona League: Giants (San Francisco Giants)
- Gulf Coast League: Yankees (New York Yankees)
- Pioneer League: Orem Owlz (Angels)
- Can-Am League: Worcester Tornadoes
- Central League: Fort Worth Cats
- Frontier League: Kalamazoo Kings
- Golden Baseball: San Diego Surf Dawgs
- Northern League: Gary SouthShore RailCats
Note that two teams that play in cities along the route of the South Shore Line won league championships, which may be a good omen for the Chicago White Sox.
Meanwhile, here’s Bill James, attending Game 1 of the 1985 World Series and writing about it in the 1986 Baseball Abstract: “On the way in I grumbled about the $30 price of the ticket, but on arriving at the park was struck by the absurdity of this; you pay $45 for tickets to a Broadway show and don’t think anything of it, and this is the World Series.” I believe Levi saw a Broadway show earlier this year, so perhaps he will enjoy that 1985 price quote as much as I did.
More from Bill James’s extended review of the 1985 World Series coming soon, including a comparison of the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City, and the tale of That Dreadful Woman.