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:
“Did all the lets and bars appear
To every just or larger end,
Whence should come the trust and cheer?
Youth must its ignorant impulse lend
Age finds place in the rear.
All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys,
The champions and enthusiasts of the state:”
—Herman Melville (18191891)
“Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers.”
—Willa Cather (18761947)
I most solemnly swear, on all the bric-à-brac
of summer loves, I know
—Anne Sexton (19281974)