The Softbank Hawks became the 2011 Inter-league Champions when they beat the Chunichi Dragons tonight, 5-3. A Pacific League team has now become IL Champions 7 years straight.
Koji Akiyama also joins Bobby Valentine (formerly with Lotte) as the only managers in to record two IL Championships.
UPDATE 6/16 @ 12:36am - The Hawks announced on Wendesday that they will be selling merchandise (like t-shirts, mufflers, and bath towels) commemorating their 3rd Inter-league Championship.
A list of past champions:
|2007||Nippon Ham Fighters||18-5-1|
|2006||Chiba Lotte Marines||23-13-0|
|2005||Chiba Lotte Marines||24-11-1|