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Bull Cup Championship Series

Established in 1991
First awarded 1991

Last awarded 2024

Current winner Chicago Pit Bulls (6th title)

Current runner-up Washington Freedom

Most wins Chicago Pit Bulls (6)


The Bull Cup Championship Series is the annual championship series of the Bull League fictional computer simulated baseball league, contested since 1991 between the Lake League (LL) champion team and the Metropolitan League (ML) champion team. The winner of the Bull Cup championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff and the winning team is awarded the Bull Cup.[1] The series takes place as the final round of the playoffs in October of each championship season.

Since its inception, the Bull Cup championship has always been a contest between the two league champion teams, although prior to the 2019 season the ML was known as the American Eagle League, and due to the shorter seasons used between 1991 and 2018, the Bull Cup championship was a best-of-five format.

As of the end of the 2020 season, there have been 29 contests for the Bull Cup championship, with the LL winning 19 times, and the ML winning 10 times. The team with the most championships is the New York Dragons, formerly the New York Minutemen, with five championships. They also have the most consecutive Bull Cup championship wins with three, from 1997—1999. New York is also the only undefeated team in Bull Cup championship appearances. The Nevada Speeders are the only team to have lost in consecutive Bull Cup championships, losing both the 2008 and 2009 contests.

The Montreal Metros and the Nevada Speeders have appeared in the most Bull Cup championships, both for a total of seven times. Montreal has four wins and three losses, while Nevada has just one win and six losses. Several teams have never won a championship, the Arizona Cowboys, Boston Brawlers, Milwaukee Hops, Toronto Nomads, and Washington Freedom. Of the teams to have never won, only Boston and Washington have had an appearance in the championship series.

Bull Cup history (1989-Present)

Precursor Era (1989-1990)

When the Bull Baseball League first formed in 1989 comprised only of the Central League, a championship contest was devised to determine an overall champion between the league's two divisions. The Toronto Ducks no-hit the Seattle Salts in a one-game playoff, claiming the championship trophy, which was then known as the Weaver Cup, named after Earl Weaver Baseball, the original game simulation platform.

Later in 1989, the Southern League was created, and the following year the game schedule lasted just 8 games. The Ohio Oxen were the Central League champions, and defeated the Southern League contender to claim the second Weaver Cup. The records as to the series length and opponent have since been lost.

By the end of 1990, the two-league, 20-team configuration was deemed not economical for the time, and not suitable for the simulation platform in use in those days, and major changes were planned.

Early era (1991-1994)

In 1991, the Bull League reformed as a two-league, 12-team league, comprised of four divisions of three teams each. The Lake League and Eagle League (later American Eagle League) names were adopted for the two leagues. Along with the reorganization, a 30-game schedule was introduced. A formal best-of-five series would be played for the final playoff round, which had been renamed to the Bull Cup Championship Series after the new name of the championship trophy, the Bull Cup.

    See article: Bull Cup

In the first contest in 1991, the Chicago Knights, who were the Eagle League champions, faced the Boston Brawlers, the Lake League champions. Chicago, who had been underdogs for the duration of the season, won the best-of-five series in just four games, 3-1.

One year later, in 1992, the season was cut short to about 20 games and the team with the top record in each league were named the league champions. They were the Seattle Salts in the Eagle League, and the Ohio Oxen in the Lake League. The Salts won the championship, though the records do not record by how many games. Finally, the league returned to a 30-game schedule and best-of-five playoffs for 1993, and the Chicoutimi Cinquantes of the Lake League defeated the California Tidals of the Eagle League, 3-2.

There was no season, and therefore no championship played in 1994, due to a labor stoppage.

Short season era (1995 to 2018)

With the longer 80-game schedule (though still shorter than modern Major League Baseball) commencing in 1995, and the expansion of the league to 16 teams completed, the Bull League entered a new era. Now referred to as the "short season era" since the 2019 expansion to a full 162-game season, this was the primary period of growth and maturity for the fledgling Bull League. In the championship series played since 1995, the series' have been marked by the domination by a just handful of teams, many of which have managed consecutive wins.

The 1995-2016 seasons were simulated using OOTP17 during the summer of 2016.

1995-1996: Ravens first consecutive wins

The Richmond Ravens finished 1995 with the best record in the Bull League, at 54-26 (.675) and stood alone as the top run-scoring team in baseball. In the AELCS, the Ravens went the distance with East division pennant winner Denver Highlanders, eventually winning the series 3-2. They then faced the top Lake League team that year, the Montreal Metros, whose center fielder, Scotty McLawson, won the MVP award that year, finishing them off in a 3-0 series sweep.

The next year, 1996, marked the first time an expansion team had made the Bull Cup championship series. The Kingston Battlements, a team that had only formed the year before, took out their Lake League opponent, the New York Minutemen 3-1 to claim the Lake League championship, before advancing to meet the Ravens in the Bull Cup series. Richmond again had been the top scoring team in baseball, and once again managed to sweep their Bull Cup championship opponent, 3-0. With the undefeated series win, the Ravens became the first team to win consecutive Bull Cup championships.

1997-1999: New York's short dynasty

The New York Minutemen, who had lost the LLCS to Kingston the previous season, were back in the mix by 1997. With the top pitcher in the LL, future Hall of Fame left-hander Jack Stevens, heading their rotation, the West division pennant winners (then based in Buffalo, NY) defeated their East division challengers the Chicoutimi Cinquantes, 3-2. New York then faced the Calgary Chinooks, another 1995 expansion team, who had earlier delivered a shocking sweep to the Richmond Ravens to prevent that team from making a third consecutive Bull Cup appearance. The Minutemen went the distance with Calgary, defeating them 3-2.

The next year, 1998, New York was once again in the Bull Cup championships this time after taking down Kingston in the LLCS. New York earned their first championship series sweep by brushing away the Nevada Speeders, headed by future HOFer Carl Simms, who won the MVP award that would later bear his name.

New York solidified their place in Bull League history the next season when they won a third consecutive Bull Cup trophy, again defeating the Calgary Chinooks over the full five games.

2000: Kingston becomes first expansion team to win

As the world entered a new millennium in 2000, the Bull League also made history when one of its 1995 expansion teams won the Bull Cup championship for the first time. The Kingston Battlements, who had been defeated by Richmond in their first Bull Cup appearance in 1996, finished on top of the LL East with a 53-27 record, beat the another 1995 expansion club, the Hamilton Industrials, to claim the LLCS, and then defeated the California Tidals, 3-2, in their first Bull Cup appearance. The New York Minutemen finished 2 games behind Hamilton and missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons.

2001: Carl Simms wins his only Bull Cup ring

Though the iconic Carl Simms career is so legendary in the Bull League that the 6-time MVP winner's name was eventually bestowed on that prestigious player award, few realize the Simms had only ever been on a Bull Cup championship team once in his esteemed career. The 2001 Nevada Speeders had signed Simms to a 7-year, $51 million deal after the 1997 season, and his impact was felt right away.

Nevada had made an appearance in the Bull Cup championship series in 1998, the year after the signing, and Simms won his first MVP award that year. He won the accolade again in 2000, and was well on his way to this third MVP in 2001 with the Speeders having one of their best-ever seasons. The Speeders finished 50-30 (.630) that season, swept California out of the AELCS, and squared up against the Chicoutimi Cinquantes for the Bull Cup. The series went the distance, with the Speeders prevailing, and Simms took home his first and only career Bull Cup championship ring.

Lake League dominates the Cup

Despite the Speeders, Ravens and Chinooks having some of the best baseball talent locked up in the American Eagle League, there would not be another Bull Cup champion from that league for the next 10 seasons. From 2002 until 2011, a Lake League team would claim the Bull Cup.

The Hamilton Industrials would become the second 1995 expansion team to win a championship, in 2002. New York then found their former glory the following season. The Minutemen won again later during this period, in 2008. The Chicoutimi Cinquantes, who had been Simms first team until 1997, and who were denied a championship by Nevada in 2001, would finally win two back-to-back in 2004 and 2005, becoming only the third team to accomplish consecutive championship wins.

The Ohio Oxen, who last made a series appearance in 1992, a 14 year appearance drought, won the championship in 2006. They would win two more times during this period, in 2009 and 2010, becoming the fourth team to accomplish a consecutive championship wins streak.

2007: Wildcard era begins

During the ten year period of LL dominance over the Bull Cup, the league introduced wild card playoff qualifier, extending the playoffs to three rounds which now began with the Elimination Round. The 16-team league would now see half of its teams qualify for the playoffs each season, including both division winners, and the next two top teams in each league by win-loss record.

The Montreal Metros, LL East pennant winners that year, took down their first wild card challengers, the formerly dynastic New York Minutemen, who placed second in the LL West. Montreal then swept the Toronto Ducks in the LLCS, after the Ducks had squeaked by the Ohio Oxen, the defending Bull Cup champions who had fallen to 3rd place that season, but managed to get the 2nd wild card berth for the LL.

The Metros defeated the Richmond Ravens, who were the AEL West pennant winners, and thus no wild card teams had made it to the final round of the playoffs. But a new era had started and the playoffs would never be the same.

2012: Another expansion and the LL loses supremacy

At the beginning of the 2012, four new teams were added to the league, and a reorganization took place to adjust the teams within each of the divisions. With the expansion the Bull League now boasted 20 teams once again.

A resurgent California Tidals, who had last made a Bull Cup championship appearance in 2000, swept the LLCS champion Kingston Cannons (as they were now called), 3-0, to claim the Bull Cup back to the American Eagle League for the first time since 2001. California had finished with a 63-19 (.768) record, scoring an average 6.2 runs per game, and sending one of the league's first Taiwanese pitchers, Lien-ying Li, to the awards circle as that year's Sandy Koufax Award winner.

The Tidals repeated the feat again the next year, becoming the fifth team to win consecutive Bull Cup championships, after they defeated the Montreal Metros in the final series, 3-1.

From that point to the present, the Bull Cup has remained an open question each year, with no one team or league necessarily dominating either appearances or wins in the "Fall Classic". Montreal would win in 2014, and Calgary would make three straight appearances after that from 2015-2017, winning twice, with Ohio defeating them in 2016 to claim that franchise's 4th Bull Cup.

Montreal beat the St. Petersburg Admirals (formerly the San Diego Seagulls) in 2018, the second year a 100-game schedule was in use and then St. Petersburg, in a return appearance, beat Minneapolis in 2019, the first season that a "regulation" 162-game schedule was in place. With the extension of the season to 162-games in 2019, the Bull Cup championship series was extended to its current best-of-seven series format.

2016 Bull Cup Controversy

The 2016 championship was won by the Ohio Oxen, who defeated the defending champion Calgary Inferno 3 games to 2, with a climactic photo-finish fifth game that went into extra innings and saw the Oxen win 8-7.[2]

The deciding Game 5 was briefly marred by controversy, when it was determined that several key members of the umpiring crew scheduled to officiate the contest appeared to have links to an underground sports betting syndicate known for its aggressive attempts to influence outcomes of events to its advantage. Upon further investigation and subjection of these umpires to a virtual reality simulation designed to test bias, it was confirmed that the individuals in question clearly intended to enforce a flagrantly unfavorable strike zone against Oxen starter A.C. Deucey, while allowing a comparatively liberal zone for the rival Inferno pitchers.

Once the officials under suspicion were removed and replaced with appropriately neutral substitutes, a fair game was played out and a legitimate result obtained. Asked about the scandal preceding the crucial deciding game, an unnamed member of the Ohio coaching staff said: "It was clear to us that we faced challenges both on and off the field, however with persistence and perseverance, and a determined repetition of effort, we managed to overcome all obstacles and prevail. We're grateful to the league for ensuring we were granted a fair opportunity to compete and win."

2017-2018: End of an era

The 2017 and 2018 playoffs were the last where the Bull Cup championships were played as a best-of-five series. The Calgary Inferno prevailed in the 2017 edition over the Montreal Metros, who had just won in 2014. Then, the Metros won it the very next year, turning away a challenge by the St. Petersburg Admirals, who had last seen a finals appearance in 2002, as the San Diego Seagulls.

The 2018 edition of the playoffs also marked the last year of the brief period where the all-star game winner determined the league with the home field advantage. After that season, the playoff format returned to the team having the best regular season record retaining home field advantage in the playoffs.

Both series went the distance, going the full five games, and with a 7th appearance, the Metros became the team with the most Bull Cup appearances.

Best-of-seven series era (2019 and beyond)

2019: Admirals Break Drought

In 2019, the Bull League introduced a "regulation" 162-game schedule to mirror what Major League Baseball has. The last two rounds of the playoffs were extended to best-of-seven series, again similar to MLB. With these changes, the St. Petersburg Admirals were the first out of the gate to claim a Bull Cup under the new system.

The franchise that began life as the San Diego Seagulls in 1991, and had a brief move to Anchorage as the only arctic team for one season (2017), was appearing in their second straight Bull Cup finals after defeating the west division's Arizona Cowboys, 4-1. With only one other finals appearance, in 2002, the oddsmakers did not favor the Admirals, who faced a high-flying Minneapolis Ravens roster with some of the best pitching and hitting in the league that season — the Ravens topped the LL with a runs/game average of 5.9 and 949 runs scored, and its hurlers shutout opponents a league-leading 13 times and was the second hardest to hit off of.

But, led by rotation ace Jose Soto, who went 3-0 with a 1.06 ERA in the postseason, picking up 3 shutouts on the way, the Admirals prevailed and took down the Ravens 4-1, becoming the first team to win four games to claim a Bull Cup.

2020–present: Chicago Rises

The following season, 2020, the Admirals took another run at a championship appearance, but in a stunning upset they were edged out by the Nevada Speeders 4-3 in the league championships for the newly renamed Metropolitan League. Instead, the Chicago Pit Bulls made their surprise first appearance since 2004, after vanquishing the snakebit Toronto Nomads in the LLCS. In the finals, it was the Pit Bulls over the Speeders, both teams trying to shake off lengthy droughts. In Chicago's case, they had not won a championship since the inaugural Bull Cup championship in 1991. In the Speeders case, they had much success in the 2000s in making it to the final round, but had not won since 2001.

Chicago persevered over Nevada, 4-2, and ended a 28 season championship drought, with a squad led by talented sluggers such as LL home run champ Mike Strang, John Rambo (later named MVP and ROTY, Jon Guillot, and David Herbst, all of whom had 31 or more homers and triple digit RBIs.

The following season, 2021, Chicago went into the postseason as a heavy favorite after Rambo claimed a first ever batting Triple Crown with an average of .413, and set a new Bull League record for single-season home runs with 77 and RBIs with 206. Rambo picked up his second straight MVP award. The Pit Bulls crushed the opposing Calgary Inferno, who had made their first finals reappearance since 2017 after a sharp but brief decline, sweeping Calgary 4-0. Rambo claimed his second straight Bull Cup MVP award, and the Pit Bulls look to solidify their dominance in the years ahead.

In the 2022 installment, Chicago returned to the Bull Cup as anticipated, and were heavily favored after the Nevada Speeders were wiped out in the MLCS by their upstart division challenger, California. The Tidals, who had not even won 90 games, managed to sweep the Speeders on their way to meet Chicago in the finals, and then proceeded to come back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the next two games and force a deciding Game 7. Chicago prevailed in the end, but the Tidals did not make it easy, and proved that even the mighty Pit Bulls had to work for their championships.

In 2023, Chicago once again defended their championship, this time against the Miami Storm, who were making a first time appearance since moving their franchise south. The Pit Bulls consolidated their dynasty with a league record fourth consecutive championship win after taking the final series 4-2. It had looked early on like a cake walk for Chicago, after their handily won the first two games, including a Bull League-first no-hitter in game 1 that saw a superb performance by Chicago right-hander Branden Cassidy, turning in a 9-strikeout, 4-walk hitless effort. Miam ifought back to even the series after four games, but then Chicago edged the Storm in Game 5, 5-4, to take the series lead, on the back of another fine Cassidy effort. Chicago locked it up in game 6 with a 7-2 victory, and John Rambo repeated as series MVP.

List of Bull Cup Champions

The following is a list of Bull Cup Championship teams since 1991.[3] [4]

Legend: Team name (Appearances, win-loss record)      Metropolitan League team      Lake League team wc = Wild card team

Year Winning team Games Losing team
1991 Chicago Knights (1, 1-0) 3-1 Boston Brawlers (1, 0-1)
1992 Seattle Salts (1, 1-0) n/a Ohio Oxen (1, 0-1)
1993 Chicoutimi Cinquantes (1, 1-0) 3-2 California Tidals (1, 0-1)
1994 No series played No series played
1995 Richmond Ravens (1, 1-0) 3-0 Montreal Metros (1, 0-1)
1996 Richmond Ravens (2, 2-0) 3-0 Kingston Battlements (1, 0-1)
1997 New York Minutemen (1, 1-0) 3-2 Calgary Chinooks (1, 0-1)
1998 New York Minutemen (2, 2-0) 3-0 Nevada Speeders (1, 0-1)
1999 New York Minutemen (3, 3-0) 3-2 Calgary Chinooks (2, 0-2)
2000 Kingston Battlements (2, 1-1) 3-2 California Tidals (2, 0-2)
2001 Nevada Speeders (2, 1-1) 3-2 Chicoutimi Cinquantes (2, 1-1)
2002 Hamilton Industrials (1, 1-0) 3-0 San Diego Seagulls (1, 0-1)
2003 New York Minutemen (4, 4-0) 3-1 Nevada Speeders (3, 1-2)
2004 Chicoutimi Cinquantes (3, 2-1) 3-2 Chicago Pit Bulls (2, 1-1)
2005 Chicoutimi Cinquantes (4, 3-1) 3-2 Richmond Ravens (3, 2-1)
2006 Ohio Oxen (2, 1-1) 3-1 Nevada Speeders (4, 1-3)
2007 Montreal Metros (2, 1-1) 3-1 Richmond Ravens (4, 2-2)
2008 New York Minutemen (5, 5-0) WC 3-0 Nevada Speeders (5, 1-4) WC
2009 Ohio Oxen (3, 2-1) WC 3-0 Nevada Speeders (6, 1-5)
2010 Ohio Oxen (4, 3-1) 3-0 Calgary Inferno (3, 0-3) WC
2011 Montreal Metros (3, 2-1) 3-0 Richmond Ravens (5, 2-3)
2012 California Tidals (3, 1-2) 3-0 Kingston Cannons (3, 1-2)
2013 California Tidals (4, 2-2) 3-1 Montreal Metros (4, 2-2)
2014 Montreal Metros (5, 3-2) 3-0 Seattle Salts (2, 1-1)
2015 Calgary Inferno (4, 1-3) WC 3-2 Hamilton Crusaders (2, 1-1)
2016 Ohio Oxen (5, 4-1) 3-2 Calgary Inferno (5, 1-4) WC
2017 Calgary Inferno (6, 2-4) 3-2 Montreal Metros (6, 3-3)
2018 Montreal Metros (7, 4-3) WC 3-2 St. Petersburg Admirals (2, 0-2)
2019 St. Petersburg Admirals (3, 1-2) 4-1 Minneapolis Ravens (6, 2-4)
2020 Chicago Pit Bulls (3, 2-1) wc 4-2 Nevada Speeders (7, 1-6) wc
2021 Chicago Pit Bulls (4, 3-1) 4-0 Calgary Inferno (7, 2-5)
2022 Chicago Pit Bulls (5, 4-1) 4-3 California Tidals (5, 2-3)
2023 Chicago Pit Bulls (6, 5-1) 4-2 Miami Storm (4, 1-3)
2024 Chicago Pit Bulls (7, 6-1) 4-1 Washington Freedom (1, 0-1) wc
2025 Montreal Metros (8, 5-3) 4-2 Miami Storm (5, 1-4) wc

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Championship streaks

Just six teams have won the championship in consecutive seasons, with the longest championship streak belonging to the Chicago Pit Bulls who have won five consecutive championships as of the end of 2024. One team, the Chicoutimi Cinquantes, have since folded.

Length Team Seasons
5 Chicago Pit Bulls 2020–2024
3 New York Dragons
(as New York Minutemen)
1997–1999
2 Minneapolis Ravens
(as Richmond Ravens)
1995–1996
2 Chicoutimi Cinquantes 2004–2005
2 Ohio Oxen 2009–2010
2 California Tidals 2012–2013

List of Bull Cup wins by division

The following chart shows how many times each division has produced a Bull Cup championship winning team.

Division Wins Wild Card wins Last win
LL West 15 3 2024
LL East 9 1 2025
ML East 7 1 2019
ML West 3 2013

List of Bull Cups where both teams were wild cards

Two series have been played so far (since 2007) in which both of the teams were wild card entries into the playoffs. The winning team is shown in bold.

Year LL Team Seed AEL/ML Team Seed
2008 New York Minutemen 3 Nevada Speeders 3
2020 Chicago Pit Bulls 4 Nevada Speeders 3

Canadian team appearances

Despite making up a minority of the teams in the Bull League, Canadian teams have managed to appear in 20 of 33 championship series, with two series being contested between two Canadian teams (Calgary and Hamilton in 2015, and Calgary and Montreal in 2017).

The Calgary Inferno and the Montreal Metros are tied with the most Bull Cup championship appearances for Canadian teams, with seven each. The Inferno have won twice, while Montreal have won four times.

In addition, some formerly Canadian teams have appeared in the championships, including the defunct Chicoutimi Cinquantes (folded in 2017), the Miami Storm (formerly the Kingston Battlements/Cannons), the Pittsburgh Iron Pigs (formerly the Hamilton Industrials/Crusaders, later the Rimouski Fighting Moose, and folded in 2020). One Canadian team, the Toronto Nomads, has never appeared in the Bull Cup championship finals.

There have been 19 contests between Canadian and American teams, and as of 2021, the last Canadian team championship appearance, Canadian teams have won 10 of those series.

American vs Canadian matchups
Count Country Record Years
20 Flag of Canada.svg.png vs. Usa.png Tied, 10–10 1993, 1995—1997, 1999—2002, 2004—2005, 2007, 2010—2014, 2016, 2018, 2021, 2025
Canadian teams Bull Cup championship records
Team Record Last win Last appearance
Montreal Metros 5-3 2025 2025
Calgary Inferno 2-5 2017 2021
Chicoutimi Cinquantes 3-1 2005 2005
Miami Storm
(as Kingston Battlements/Cannons)
1-2 2000 2012
Pittsburgh Iron Pigs
(as Hamilton Industrials/Crusaders,
Rimouski Fighting Moose)
1-1 2002 2015
Toronto Nomads 0-0

Appearances

Most appearances

The Montreal Metros have the most appearances, at eight. They earned their eighth appearance in 2025.

Appearances by team

Bold years indicate wins, italics years indicate wild card entry. Name and league changes before 1991 are not reflected. Defunct teams that have never won or appeared are not included in the list.

Teams in Italics are no longer active or have folded.

Series
Appearances
Team name League Won Lost Pct. Years Most recent Founded
Win Appearance
8 Montreal Metros LL 5 3 .625 1995, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2025 2025 2025 1989
7 Chicago Pit Bulls
(Chicago Knights)
ML/LL 6 1 .857 1991, 2004, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024 2024 2024 1989
7 Calgary Inferno
(Calgary Chinooks)
ML 2 5 .286 1997, 2000, 2007, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021 2017 2021 1995
7 Nevada Speeders ML 1 6 .143 1998, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2020 2001 2020 1989
6 Minneapolis Ravens
(Richmond Ravens,
Jacksonville Ravens)
ML 2 4 .333 1995, 1996, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2019 1996 2019 1989
5 California Tidals ML 2 3 .400 1993, 2000, 2012, 2013, 2022 2013 2022 1989
5 New York Dragons
(New York Minutemen)
LL 5 0 1.000 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008 2008 2008 1989
5 Miami Storm
(Kingston Battlements, Kingston Cannons)
LL/ML 1 4 .250 1996, 2000, 2012, 2023, 2025 2000 2025 1995
5 Ohio Oxen LL 4 1 .800 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2016 2016 2016 1989
4 Chicoutimi Cinquantes LL 3 1 .750 1993, 2001, 2004, 2005 2005 2005 1989
3 Houston Oilers
(Anchorage Aces, San Diego Seagulls, St. Petersburg Admirals)
ML 1 2 .333 2002, 2018, 2019 2019 2019 1991
2 Pittsburgh Iron Pigs
(Hamilton Industrials,
Hamilton Crusaders,
Rimouski Fighting Moose)
LL 1 1 .500 2002, 2015 2002 2015 1995-2020
2 Seattle Salts ML 1 1 .500 1992, 2014 1992 2014 1989
1 Boston Brawlers LL 0 1 .000 1991 1991 1989
1 Washington Freedom
(Denver Highlanders, Denver Danger, Philadelphia Liberty Warriors)
ML 0 1 2024 1995
0 Kansas City Blizzard
(Arizona Cowboys)
ML 0 0 2012
0 Atlanta Fire Ants ML 0 0 2025
0 Denver Grizzlies ML 0 0 2025
0 Milwaukee Hops
(Battle Creek Attack, Louisville Sluggers)
LL 0 0 2012
0 Toronto Nomads
(Toronto Ducks)
LL 0 0 1989

Appearance streaks

The Chicago Pit Bulls have appeared in the most consecutive Bull Cup championships, a total of five times from 2020 to 2024, the most recent year. They won in each appearance and currently hold the record for most consecutive appearances and longest win streak. Bold indicates a current streak.

Length Team Seasons
5 Chicago Pit Bulls 2020–2024
3 New York Dragons
(as New York Minutemen)
1997–1999
2 Minneapolis Ravens
(as Richmond Ravens)
1995–1996
2 Chicoutimi Cinquantes 2004–2005
2 Nevada Speeders 2008–2009
2 Ohio Oxen 2009–2010
2 California Tidals 2012–2013
2 Montreal Metros 2013–2014
2 Calgary Inferno 2016–2017
2 Montreal Metros 2017–2018
2 St. Petersburg Admirals 2018–2019

Droughts

Longest current Bull Cup championship droughts

Counting from 1991, the first year the Bull Cup was awarded, and including 1994 when no season was played and the Bull Cup was not awarded, these are the current longest Bull Cup championship droughts as of the end of the 2024 season. Only active teams are included on this list.[5]

Bull Cup droughts as of end of 2024 season
Seasons Team Last Bull Cup Championship
Won Appearance
35 Boston Brawlers Never (Original franchise) 1991
35 Toronto Nomads
(Toronto Ducks)
Never (Original franchise) Never
33 Seattle Salts 1992 2014
30 Washington Freedom
(Denver Highlanders, Denver Danger, Philadelphia Liberty Warriors)
Never (Franchise began 1995) 2024
29 Minneapolis Ravens
(Richmond Ravens, Jacksonville Ravens)
1996
(as Richmond Ravens)
2019
25 Miami Storm
(Kingston Battlements/Cannons)
2000
(as Kingston Battlements)
2025
24 Nevada Speeders 2001 2020
17 New York Dragons
(New York Minutemen)
2008
(as New York Minutemen)
2008
14 Kansas City Blizzard
(Arizona Cowboys)
Never (Franchise began 2012) Never
14 Milwaukee Hops
(Battle Creek Attack, Louisville Sluggers)
Never (Franchise began 2012) Never
12 California Tidals 2013 2022
9 Ohio Oxen 2016 2016
8 Calgary Inferno
(Calgary Chinooks)
2017 2021
6 St. Petersburg Admirals
(San Diego Seagulls, Anchorage Aces)
2019 2019
1 Chicago Pit Bulls
(Chicago Knights)
2024 2024
0 Montreal Metros 2025 2025

‡ — Chicoutimi folded in 2017 and was replaced by the Detroit Motorheads

Longest championship droughts through history

The first Bull Cup was played in 1991. Active droughts as of the end of 2023 are in bold. Does not include droughts shorter than 10 seasons. No series played in 1994, however the year counts towards drought totals.

Seasons Team Bull Cup Championship
Previous title Next title
35 Boston Brawlers 1991*
35 Toronto Nomads 1991*
33 Seattle Salts 1992
30 Washington Freedom 1995*
29 Minneapolis Ravens 1996
28 Chicago Pit Bulls 1991 2020
28 St. Petersburg Admirals 1991* 2019
25 Miami Storm 2000
24 Nevada Speeders 2001
21 California Tidals 1991* 2012
20 Calgary Inferno 1995* 2015
17 New York Dragons 2008
16 Montreal Metros 1991* 2007
15 Ohio Oxen 1991* 2006
14 Arizona Cowboys 2012*
14 Grand Rapids Hops 2012*
12 California Tidals 2013
10 Chicoutimi Cinquantes 1993 2004
10 Nevada Speeders 1991* 2001

* Year does not indicate a title won, but that team's first year of existence, or the first year of the Bull Cup (1991). Teams in italtics indicate a non-active streak where the team has folded.

Bull Cup championships where neither team had previously won a championship

In these instances the Bull Cup Championship Series matchup ensured that one team would win its first in franchise history. Inaugural year (1991) is included.

Season Won Lost
1991 Chicago Knights Boston Brawlers
1992 Seattle Salts Ohio Oxen
1993 Chicoutimi Cinquantes California Tidals
1995 Richmond Ravens Montreal Metros
1997 New York Minutemen Calgary Chinooks
2000 Kingston Battlements California Tidals
2002 Hamilton Industrials San Diego Seagulls

Current Bull Cup droughts by division

Droughts by division as of end of 2025.

Division Last Bull Cup Championship Seasons
ML West 2013 — California Tidals 12
ML East 2019 — St. Petersburg Admirals 6
LL West 2024 — Chicago Pit Bulls 1
LL East 2025 — Montreal Metros 0

Recurring match ups

There have been six matchups of teams that have occurred two or more times in the Bull Cup championships.

Count Teams Record Years
3 Minneapolis/Jacksonville/Richmond Ravens vs. Montreal Metros Montreal, 2–1 1995, 2007, 2011
3 Nevada Speeders vs. New York Minutemen/Dragons New York, 3–0 1998, 2003, 2008
2 Calgary Inferno vs. New York Minutemen/Dragons New York, 2–0 1997, 1999
2 Calgary Inferno vs. Ohio Oxen Ohio, 2–0 2010, 2016
2 California Tidals vs. Miami Storm/Kingston Battlements/Cannons Tied, 1–1 2000, 2012
2 Nevada Speeders vs. Ohio Oxen Ohio, 2–0 2006, 2009

† Indicates the teams are no longer in opposing leagues and will not play each other again in a Bull Cup championship with the current team alignments.

See also

References

  1. New Bull Cup Trophies Commissioned. Bull Baseball League. http://bullleague.org/highlights/new-bull-cup-trophies-commissioned/ 3 May 2019. Accessed: 3 May 2019.
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