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The 100 Best Minor League Baseball Teams were named in 2001, in celebration of the centennial of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. The list of 100 minor league teams was selected by historians Bill Weiss and Marshall Wright.

A preliminary list was created using a ratings formula consisting of the addition of three components:

  1. League Strength: used to determine league strength; each league was given a rating from 100 points for one level below Major League Baseball, down to 20 points for class D or its equivalent
  2. Winning Percentage: used to determine league dominance
  3. Win Total: used to determine team strength

After this list was created, subjective evidence taken into consideration. Among these modifiers were the downgrading of war-time teams because they played in watered down circuits. Fifty percent of the second-place clubs were dropped, while the remaining teams were pushed down simply because they did not win the championship. On the other hand, some teams were pushed up because of a significant achievement, large margin of victory, or by reputation.

100 Best Minor League Baseball Teams


Rank Year Team League (Class) Record Affiliation
1 1934 Los Angeles Angels Pacific Coast League (AA) 137 - 50 Chicago Cubs
2 1921 Baltimore Orioles International League (AA) 119 - 47 none
3 1937 Newark Bears International League (AA) 109 - 43 New York Yankees
4 1924 Fort Worth Panthers Texas League (A) 109 - 41 Detroit Tigers
5 1924 Baltimore Orioles International League (AA) 117 - 48 none
6 1920 St. Paul Saints American Association (AA) 115 - 49 none
7 1903 Jersey City Skeeters Eastern League (A) 92 - 33 none
8 1937 Salisbury Indians Eastern Shore League (D) 80 - 16 Washington Senators
9 1920 Baltimore Orioles International League (AA) 110 - 43 none
10 1925 San Francisco Seals Pacific Coast League (AA) 128 - 71 none
11 1981 Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League (AAA) 94 - 38 Los Angeles Dodgers
12 1939 Kansas City Blues American Association (AA) 107 - 47 New York Yankees
13 1943 Los Angeles Angels Pacific Coast League (AA) 110 - 45 Chicago Cubs
14 1920 Fort Worth Panthers Texas League (B) 108 - 40 Detroit Tigers
15 1922 Baltimore Orioles International League (AA) 115 - 52 none
16 1938 Newark Bears International League (AA) 104 - 48 New York Yankees
17 1922 Fort Worth Panthers Texas League (A) 109 - 46 Detroit Tigers
18 1923 Kansas City Blues American Association (AA) 112 - 54 none
19 1923 Baltimore Orioles International League (AA) 111 - 53 none
20 1922 Enid Harvesters Western Association (C) 104 - 27 none
21 1920 Toronto Maple Leafs International League (AA) 108 - 46 none
22 1911 Denver Grizzlies Western League (A) 111 - 54 none
23 1992 Greenville Braves Southern League (AA ) 100 - 43 Atlanta Braves
24 1927 Buffalo Bisons International League (AA) 112 - 56 none
25 1954 Waco Pirates Big State League (B) 105 - 42 Pittsburgh Pirates
26 1931 Hartford Senators Eastern League (A) 97 - 40 none
27 1902 Indianapolis Indians American Association (Ind.) 96 - 45 none
28 1929 Kansas City Blues American Association (AA) 111 - 56 none
29 1903 Los Angeles Angels Pacific Coast League (Ind.) 133 - 78 none
30 1955 Keokuk Kernels Illinois-Iowa-Illinois League (B) 92 - 34 Cleveland Indians
31 1906 Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League (A) 115 - 60 none
32 1921 Memphis Chicks Southern Association (A) 104 - 49 none
33 1925 Fort Worth Panthers Texas League (A) 103 - 48 Detroit Tigers
34 1952 Norfolk Tars Piedmont League (B) 96 - 36 New York Yankees
35 1919 Baltimore Orioles International League (AA) 100 - 49 none
36 1951 Charlotte Hornets Tri-State League (NC-SC-TN) (B) 100 - 44 Washington Senators
37 1980 Denver Bears American Association (AAA) 92 - 44 Montreal Expos
38 1970 Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League (AAA) 98 - 38 California Angels
39 1926 Toronto Maple Leafs International League (AA) 109 - 57 none
40 1952 Miami Sun Sox Florida International League (B) 104 - 48 Brooklyn Dodgers
41 1907 Wichita Jobbers Western Association (C) 98 - 35 none
42 1931 Houston Buffaloes Texas League (A) 108 - 51 St. Louis Cardinals
43 1933 Columbus (OH) Red Birds American Association (AA) 101 - 51 St. Louis Cardinals
44 1922 San Francisco Seals Pacific Coast League (AA) 127 - 72 none
45 1918 Toronto Maple Leafs International League (AA) 88 - 39 none
46 1921 Fort Worth Panthers Texas League (A) 107 - 51 Detroit Tigers
47 1940 Nashville Vols Southern Association (A1) 101 - 47 Brooklyn Dodgers
48 1924 Memphis Chicks Southern Association (A) 104 - 49 none
49 1924 Okmulgee Drillers Western Association (C) 110 - 48 none
50 1928 San Francisco Seals Pacific Coast League (AA) 120 - 71 none
51 1902 Corsicana Oil Citys Texas League (D) 87 - 23 none
52 1920 London Tecumsehs Michigan-Ontario League (B) 86 - 32 none
53 1932 Newark Bears International League (AA) 109 - 59 New York Yankees
54 1952 Milwaukee Brewers American Association (AAA) 101 - 53 Boston Braves
55 1961 Reno Silver Sox California League (C) 97 - 43 Los Angeles Dodgers
56 1931 Charlotte Hornets Piedmont League (C) 100 - 37 none
57 1916 New London Planters Eastern League (B) 86 - 34 none
58 1933 Davenport Blue Sox Mississippi Valley League (B) 82 - 32 none
59 1905 Columbus Senators American Association (A) 100 - 52 none
60 1975 Waterloo Royals Midwest League (A) 93 - 35 Kansas City Royals
61 1950 Winston-Salem Cardinals Carolina League (B) 106 - 47 St. Louis Cardinals
62 1983 Reading Phillies Eastern League (AA) 96 - 44 Philadelphia Phillies
63 1906 Des Moines Champions Western League (A) 97 - 50 none
64 1949 Stroudsburg Poconos North Atlantic League (D) 101 - 36 Cleveland Indians
65 1941 Houston Buffaloes Texas League (A1) 103 - 50 St. Louis Cardinals
66 1910 Joplin Miners Western Association (C) 90 - 34 none
67 1949 Pensacola Fliers Southeastern League (B) 98 - 42 none
68 1939 Sanford Lookouts Florida State League (D) 98 - 35 Washington Senators
69 1980 Nashville Sounds Southern League (AA ) 97 - 46 New York Yankees
70 1978 Visalia Oaks California League (A) 97 - 42 Minnesota Twins
71 1909 San Francisco Seals Pacific Coast League (A) 132 - 80 none
72 1992 Columbus Clippers International League (AAA) 95 - 49 New York Yankees
73 1993 Harrisburg Senators Eastern League (AA) 94 - 44 Montreal Expos
74 1980 Peninsula Pilots Carolina League (A) 100 - 40 Philadelphia Phillies
75 1979 Saltillo Saraperos Mexican League (AAA) 95 - 40 none
76 1902 Toronto Maple Leafs Eastern League (A) 85 - 42 none
77 1921 Independence Producers Southwestern League (D) 103 - 38 none
78 1966 Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League (A) 91 - 35 Philadelphia Phillies
79 1955 Fresno Cardinals California League (C) 104 - 43 St. Louis Cardinals
80 1910 Sioux City Packers Western League (A) 108 - 60 none
81 1951 Hazard Bombers Mountain States League (D) 93 - 33 Brooklyn Dodgers
82 1941 Wilson Tobs Coastal Plain League (D) 87 - 30 none
83 1932 Tulsa Oilers Western League (A) 98 - 48 Pittsburgh Pirates
84 1946 Montreal Royals International League (AAA) 100 - 54 Brooklyn Dodgers
85 1941 Indianapolis Indians American Association (AA) 100 - 54 Cincinnati Reds
86 1941 Newark Bears International League (AA) 100 - 54 New York Yankees
87 1960 Toronto Maple Leafs International League (AAA) 100 - 54 Cleveland Indians
88 1922 St. Paul Saints American Association (AA) 107 - 60 none
89 1990 West Palm Beach Expos Florida State League (A-Adv.) 92 - 40 Montreal Expos
90 1946 Scranton Red Sox Eastern League (A) 90 - 43 Boston Red Sox
91 1923 St. Paul Saints American Association (AA) 111 - 57 none
92 1947 Havana Cubans Florida International League (C) 105 - 45 Washington Senators
93 1978 Appleton Foxes Midwest League (A) 97 - 40 Chicago White Sox
94 1946 Abilene Blue Sox West Texas-New Mexico League (C) 97 - 40 Brooklyn Dodgers
95 1986 Puebla Angeles Mexican League (AAA) 88 - 41 none
96 1950 Quebec Braves Canadian-American League (C) 97 - 40 none
97 1947 Lubbock Hubbers West Texas-New Mexico League (C) 99 - 41 Detroit Tigers
98 1947 Stockton Ports California League (C) 95 - 45 none
99 1944 Hartford Laurels Eastern League (A) 99 - 38 Boston Braves
100 1944 Milwaukee Brewers American Association (AA) 102 - 51 none

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