Central Baseball League
Established: 1950

9 Total Franchises
6 Current Franchises
7 Franchise Name Changes
3 Franchise Movements

CBL Franchise History
CBL Pennants
1 Chuncihi Dragons (1950; 1953-present)
          Nagoya Dragons (1951-1952)
2 Hiroshima Carp (1950-67; 98-present)
          Hiroshima Toyo Carp (1968-97)
3 Koketsu Swallows (1950-64)
          Sankei Swallows (1965)
          Sankei Atoms (1966-69)
          Yakult Atoms (1970-73)
        Yakult Swallows (1974-present)
4 Nishi Nippon Pirates (1950)
5 Osaka Tigers (1950-60)
        Hanshin Tigers (1961-present)
6 Shochiku Robins (1950-1953)
7 Taiyo Whales (1950-53; 1955-77)
          Yokohoma Toiyo Whales (1978-92)
        Yokohoma Bay Stars (1993-present)
8 Yomiuri Giants (1950-present)
9 Yomiuri Dragons (1954)
See Also Japan Series
The Great Japanese Pennant Chase
Year
Champion
Runner-Up
2004
Chuncihi Dragons
Yakult Swallows
2003
Hanshin Tigers
Chunichi Dragons
2002
Yomiuri Giants
Yakult Swallows
2001
Yakult Swallows
Yomiuri Giants
2000
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncihi Dragons
1999
Chuncihi Dragons
Yomiuri Giants
1998
Yokohoma Bay Stars
Chuncihi Dragons
1997
Yakult Swallows
Yokohoma Bay Stars
1996
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncihi Dragons
1995
Yakult Swallows
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
1994
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncihi Dragons
1993
Yakult Swallows
Chuncihi Dragons
1992
Yakult Swallows
Yomiuri Giants
1991
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Chuncihi Dragons
1990
Yomiuri Giants
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
1989
Yomiuri Giants
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
1988
Chuncihi Dragons
Yomiuri Giants
1987
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncihi Dragons
1986
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Yomiuri Giants
1985
Hanshin Tigers
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
1984
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Chuncihi Dragons
1983
Yomiuri Giants
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
1982
Chuncihi Dragons
Yomiuri Giants
1981
Yomiuri Giants
HiroshimaToyo Carp
1980
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Yakult Swallows
1979
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Yokohoma Taiyo Whales
1978
Yakult Swallows
Yomiuri Giants
1977
Yomiuri Giants
Yakult Swallows
1976
Yomiuri Giants
HanshinTigers
1975
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Chuncihi Dragons
1974
Chuncihi Dragons
Yomiuri Giants
1973
Yomiuri Giants
Hanshin Tigers
1972
Yomiuri Giants
Hanshin Tigers
1971
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncihi Dragons
1970
Yomiuri Giants
Hanshin Tigers
1969
Yomiuri Giants
Hanshin Tigers
1968
Yomiuri Giants
Hanshin Tigers
1967
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncini Dragons
1966
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncini Dragons
1965
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncini Dragons
1964
Hanshin Tigers
Taiyo Whales
1963
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncini Dragons
1962
Hanshin Tigers
Taiyo Whales
1961
Yomiuri Giants
Chuncini Dragons
1960
Taiyo Whales
Yomiuri Giants
1959
Yomiuri Giants
Osaka Tigers
1958
Yomiuri Giants
Osaka Tigers
1957
Yomiuri Giants
Osaka Tigers
1956
Yomiuri Giants
Osaka Tigers
1955
Yomiuri Giants
Osaka Tigers
1954
Chuncihi Dragons
Yomiuri Dragons
1953
Yomiuri Giants
Osaka Tigers
1952
Yomiuri Giants
Osaka Tigers
1951
Yomiuri Giants
Nagoya Dragons
1950
Shochiku Robins
Chuncihi Dragons
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