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Friday, July 11, 2008

All you ever wanted to know about American Legion baseball state champions

Thanks to the hardy efforts of Don Hines at NCPreps.com, here is a lengthy list of North Carolina American Legion baseball state champions.

No, Wilson Post 13 has never won an American Legion state final but it did lose to Shelby in the 1942 state championship. Wilson won East championships in 1941 and 1942 and lost in the East finals in 1944 and 1980.

The late, great Snow Hill Post 94 was East champion and state finalist in 1981 and 1988 under legendary head coach James "Rabbit" Fulghum.

N.C. American Legion championship series results (1928-99)

1928 Raleigh 1 d. ...........................unknown
1929 Asheville 70 d. ........................unknown
1930 Gastonia 23 d. Rosemary 2-0
1931 Roanoke Rapids d. Greensboro Burtner 2-1
1932 Gastonia 23 d. Durham 1-0
1933 Gastonia 23 d. Elizabeth City 2-0
1934 Charlotte 9 d. Gastonia 3-1
1935 Gastonia 23 d. Asheboro 3-1
1936 Charlotte 9 d. High Point 3-0
1937 Charlotte 9 d. Forest City 3-1
1938 Gastonia 23 d. Charlotte 9 3-1
1939 Charlotte 9 d. Hamlet 3-1
1940 Albemarle 76 d. Harnett County 3-2
1941 Gastonia 23 d. Albemarle 4-3
1942 Shelby 82 d. Wilson 3-2
1943 Whiteville 137 d. Albemarle 3-0
1944 Albemarle 76 d. Shelby 4-1
1945 Shelby 82 d. Laurinburg 4-0
1946 Kannapolis 115 d. Red Springs 4-0
1947 Kannapolis 115 d. Durham 3-1
1948 Hickory 48 d. Chapel Hill 4-1
1949 Gastonia 23 d. Selma 3-0
1950 Gastonia 23 d. Laurinburg 4-3
1951 Shelby 82 d. Graham 4-3
1952 Kannapolis 115 d. Graham 4-1
1953 Cherryville 100 d. Wilmington 4-3
1954 Gastonia 23 d. Wilmington 4-1
1955 Rowan County 14 d. Wilmington 4-3
1956 Wilmington 10 d. Gastonia 4-3
1957 Shelby 82 d. Massey Hill 4-0
1958 Shelby 82 d. Massey Hill 4-1
1959 Wilmington 10 d. Kannapolis 4-2
1960 Wilmington 10 d. Cherryville 4-1
1961 Kannapolis 115 d. Hamlet 4-1
1962 Wilmington 10 d. Asheboro 4-0
1963 Greensboro Cone 386 d. Goldsboro 4-2
1964 Charlotte 9 d. Goldsboro 4-2
1965 Charlotte 9 d. Raleigh 4-0
1966 Asheboro 45 d. Greensboro Cone 4-3
1967 Greensboro Cone 386 d. Asheboro 4-3
1968 Greensboro Burtner 53 d. Rowan County 4-1
1969 Rowan County 342 d. Wilmington 4-1
1970 Wilmington 10 d. Rowan County 4-2
1971 Rowan County 342 d. Wilmington 4-1
1972 Hamlet 49 d. Gastonia 4-1
1973 Rocky Mount 58 d. Shelby 4-0
1974 Hamlet 49 d. Shelby 3-1
1975 Sanford 382 d. Asheboro.............................
1976 Newell 287 d. Johnston County 4-1
1977 Newell 287 d. Whiteville 4-0
1978 Asheboro 45 d. Hamlet 4-2
1979 Hamlet 49 d. Rowan County 4-3
1980 Wilmington 10 d. Rowan County 4-3
1981 Cherryville 100 d. Snow Hill 4-0
1982 Hamlet 94 d. Cherryville 4-3
1983 Hamlet 49 d. Charlotte-262 4-0
1984 Rowan County 342 d. Hope Mills 4-0
1985 Whiteville 137 d. Caldwell County 4-1
1986 Caldwell County 29 d. Whiteville 4-1
1987 Hamlet 49 d. Haw River 4-0
1988 Kernersville 36 d. Snow Hill 4-3
1989 Whiteville 137 d. Mocksville 4-1
1990 Caldwell County 29 d. Whiteville 3-0
1991 Caldwell County 29 d. Whiteville 4-3
1992 Kernersville 36 d. Wilmington 4-2
1993 Rowan County 342 d. Laurinburg 4-0
1994 Wilmington 10 d. Kernersville 4-1
1995 Wilmington 10 d. Kernersville 4-2
1996 Whiteville 137 d. Rutherford County 4-1
1997 Cherryville 100 d. Wayne County 4-2
1998 Cherryville 100 d. Pitt County 4-3
1999 Garner 232 d. Cherryville 4-1
N.C. American Legion state tournament finals (2000-07)
2000 Caldwell County 7, Rowan County 3
2001 Shelby 4, Garner 3, 12 innings
2002 Rowan County 7, Wayne County 5
2003 Cherryville 7, Pineville 3
2004 Garner 4, Caldwell County 0 (vacated Feb. 2005)
2005 Pitt County-39 4, Lexington 2
2006 Morehead City 7, Caldwell County 6
2007 Cherryville 6, Wayne County 1

State championship winners:

Gastonia (9) -- 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1938, 1941, 1949, 1950, 1954
Newell/Charlotte-9 (8) -- 1934, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1964, 1965, 1976, 1977
Wilmington (8) -- 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1970, 1980, 1994, 1995
Cherryville (6) -- 1953, 1981, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2007
Hamlet/Richmond County (6) -- 1972, 1974, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1987
Rowan County (6) -- 1955, 1969, 1971, 1984, 1993, 2002
Shelby (6) -- 1942, 1945, 1951, 1957, 1958, 2001
Caldwell County (4) -- 1986, 1990, 1991, 2000
Kannapolis (4) -- 1946, 1947, 1952, 1961
Whiteville (4) -- 1943, 1985, 1989, 1996
Albemarle (2) -- 1940, 1944
Greensboro Cone (2) -- 1963, 1967
Asheboro (2) -- 1966, 1978
Garner (2) -- 1999, 2004 (vacated Feb. 2005)
Kernersville (2) -- 1988, 1992
Asheville (1) -- 1929
Hickory (1) -- 1948
Greensboro Burtner (1) -- 1968
Morehead City (1) -- 2006
Pitt County-39 (1) -- 2005
Raleigh (1) -- 1928
Roanoke Rapids (1) -- 1931
Rocky Mount (1) -- 1973
Sanford (1) -- 1975

State runnerups:

Wilmington (6) -- 1953, 1954, 1955, 1969, 1971, 1992
Rowan County (5) -- 1968, 1970, 1979, 1980, 2000
Wayne County/Goldsboro (5) -- 1963, 1964, 1997, 2002, 2007
Asheboro (4) -- 1935, 1962, 1967, 1975
Whiteville (4) -- 1977, 1986, 1990, 1991
Gastonia (3) -- 1934, 1956, 1972
Shelby (3) -- 1944, 1973, 1974
Laurinburg/Scotland County (3) -- 1945, 1950, 1993
Cherryville (3) -- 1960, 1982, 1999
Caldwell County (3) -- 1985, 2004, 2006
Albemarle (2) -- 1941, 1943
Durham (2) -- 1932, 1947
Graham (2) -- 1951, 1952
Fayetteville/Massey Hill (2) -- 1957, 1958
Johnston County/Selma (2) -- 1949, 1976
Hamlet/Richmond County (2) -- 1961, 1978
Snow Hill (2) -- 1981, 1988
Kernersville (2) -- 1994, 1995
Forest City/Rutherford County (2) -- 1937, 1996
Roanoke Rapids/Harmony (1) -- 1930
Greensboro Burtner (1) -- 1931
Elizabeth City (1) -- 1933
High Point (1) -- 1936
Newell/Charlotte-9 (1) -- 1939
Harnett County (1) -- 1940
Wilson (1) -- 1942
Red Springs (1) -- 1946
Chapel Hill (1) -- 1948
Kannapolis (1) -- 1959
Raleigh (1) -- 1965
Greensboro Cone (1) -- 1966
Charlotte-262 (1) -- 1983
Hope Mills (1) -- 1984
Haw River (1) -- 1987
Mocksville/Davie County (1) -- 1989
Greenville/Pitt County (1) -- 1998
Garner (1) -- 2001
Pineville (1) -- 2003
Lexington (1) -- 2005
unknown (2) -- 1928, 1929

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