Known in Japanese as 春夏連続優勝, haru-natsu renzoku yuusho or Spring-Summer Consecutive Champions, this signifies the winning of the senbatsu (Spring) and natsu (Summer) tournaments in a calendar year. To date there have been 6 instances of such a feat:
|1962||Sakushin Gakuin (Tochigi)||34th||Nichidai-san (Tōkyō)||1 - 0||44th||Kurume Commercial (Fukuoka)||1 - 0|
|1966||Chūkyō Commercial (Aichi)||38th||Tosa (Kochi)||1 - 0||48th||Matsuyama Commercial (Ehime)||3 - 1||Now known as Chūkyōdai Chūkyō|
|1979||Minoshima (Wakayama)||51st||Namishō (Osaka)||8 - 7||61st||Ikeda (Tokushima)||4 - 3||Namishō is now known as Daitaidai Namishō.|
|1987||PL Gakuen (Ōsaka)||59th||Kantō Ichi (Tōkyō)||7 - 1||69th||Jōsō Gakuin (Ibaraki)||5 - 2|
|1998||Yokohama (Kanagawa)||70th||Kandai Ichi (Ōsaka)||3 - 0||80th||Kyōto Seishō (Kyōto)||3 - 0||Daisuke Matsuzaka finishes the feat with a no-hitter in the final against Kyōto Seishō.|
|2010||Kōnan (Okinawa)||82nd||Nichidai-san (Tōkyō)||10 - 5 (12)||92nd||Tōkaidai Sagami (Kanagawa)||13 - 1|
|2012||Osaka Tōin (Osaka)||84th||Kōsei Gakuin (Aomori)||7 - 3||94th||Kōsei Gakuin (Aomori)||3 - 0||This is the first time two teams have had a rematch in consecutive finals, and the 3rd time a team
(Kōsei Gakuin) has reached 3 consecutive calendar finals (they are the only ones to lose all 3).
Famous quotes containing the words champions, spring and/or summer:
“Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase the narrow confines of most mens reality. Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of the rat race is not yet final.”
—Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939)
“Scatter these well-meant idioms
Into the smoky spring that fills
The suburbs, where they will be lost.
They are no trophies of the sun.”
—Hart Crane (18991932)
“That God has laid His fingers on the sky,
That from those fingers glittering summer runs
Upon the dancer by the dreamless wave.
Why should those lovers that no lovers miss
Dream, until God burn Nature with a kiss?
The man has found no comfort in the grave.”
—William Butler Yeats (18651939)