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The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast American League Championship Series games over the years.

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Television

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2010s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters Pregame hosts Pregame analysts
2013 Fox TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
2012 TBS TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
2011 Fox TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
2010 TBS TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

2000s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters Pregame hosts Pregame analysts Trophy presentation
2009 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal and Chris Myers (Games 1-5) Chris Rose Eric Karros and Mark Grace Kenny Albert
2008 TBS Chip Caray Ron Darling and Buck Martinez Craig Sager Ernie Johnson, Jr. Cal Ripken, Jr., Dennis Eckersley, and Harold Reynolds Ernie Johnson, Jr.[1]
2007 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal and Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy, Joe Girardi, Mark Grace and Eric Karros
2006 Fox Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons (Games 1, 2, 3), José Mota (Game 4) and Lou Piniella Ken Rosenthal and Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy and AJ Pierzynski Chris Myers[2]
2005 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Lou Piniella Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2004[3] Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Al Leiter Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy Kenny Albert
2003[4][5] Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bret Boone Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy Kenny Albert
2002 Fox Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2001 Fox Thom Brennaman (Games 1, 2)
Joe Buck (Games 3, 4, 5)
Steve Lyons (Games 1, 2)
Tim McCarver (Games 3, 4, 5)
Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2000[6] NBC Bob Costas Joe Morgan Jim Gray and Jimmy Roberts
     Expected announcer, subject to change.

Notes

  • In 2002, Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the ALCS were split between Fox and Fox Sports Net. The regional split was done in order for Fox to avoid televising a weekday afternoon game.
  • In 2004, Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the ALCS were split between Fox and Fox Sports Net. Also in 2004, Game 5 of the ALCS ran way into the time slot of Game 5 of the NLCS. As a result, the first seven innings of the NLCS game were shown on FX Networks.
  • In 2006, Fox removed Steve Lyons from their baseball coverage altogether following what they considered to be insensitive comments made about Hispanics during the Game 3 broadcast. During Game 3, Lyons' broadcast colleague Lou Piniella, who is of Spanish descent, made an analogy involving the luck of finding a wallet, and then briefly used a couple of Spanish phrases. Lyons responded by saying that Piniella was "hablaing Espanol" -- Spanglish for "speaking Spanish" -- and added, "I still can't find my wallet. I don't understand him, and I don't want to sit close to him now."
    • Game 2 of the 2006 ALCS was originally intended to air on FX, but the NLCS game that night (originally intended to air on Fox) was rained out. FX showed the movie Any Given Sunday instead.
  • Although not an active field reporter during Fox's coverage of the 2009 ALCS, Kenny Albert still presided over the championship presentation and postgame interviews in the pennant winning New York Yankees' clubhouse. A similar thing involving Kenny Albert happened in the 2006 ALCS.

1990s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters
1999 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
1998 NBC Bob Costas Joe Morgan Jim Gray
1997[9] Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
1996[10] NBC Bob Costas Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker Jim Gray
1995 ABC (Games 1, 2)
NBC (Games 3, 4, 5, 6)
Brent Musburger (Games 1, 2)
Bob Costas (Games 3, 4, 5, 6)
Jim Kaat (Games 1, 2)
Bob Uecker (Games 3, 4, 5, 6)
1993 CBS Greg Gumbel Jim Kaat Lesley Visser
1992 CBS Dick Stockton Jim Kaat and Johnny Bench (Game 2) Lesley Visser
1991 CBS Dick Stockton Jim Kaat Lesley Visser
1990 CBS Dick Stockton Jim Kaat Lesley Visser

Notes

  • In 1991, CBS didn't come on the air for baseball for weeknight LCS telecasts until 8:30 p.m. ET. Instead, they opted to show programming such as Rescue 911 at 8 p.m. rather than a baseball pregame show.
  • CBS' coverage of the 1992 LCS led to conflicts with the presidential debates that year. CBS didn't cover one of the debates because Game 4 of the ALCS, went into extra innings. By the time it ended, the debate was almost over. Over the course of Game 2 of the 1992 ALCS, Jim Kaat was stricken with a bad case of laryngitis. As a result, Johnny Bench had to come over from the CBS Radio booth and finish the game with Dick Stockton as a "relief analyst." There was talk that if Kaat's laryngitis did not get better, Don Drysdale was going to replace Kaat on TV for Game 3 while Bench would continue to work on CBS Radio.
  • The rather messy 1995 arrangement was courtesy of "The Baseball Network", which was Major League Baseball's in-house production facilities. ABC and NBC (who essentially, distributed the telecasts rather than produce them by themselves like in the past) shared the same on-air graphics and even the microphone “flags” had the "Baseball Network" logo on it with the respective network logo. In addition, the first four games of both of the 1995 League Championship Series were regionally televised.

1980s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1989 NBC Bob Costas Tony Kubek
1988 ABC Gary Bender Joe Morgan and Reggie Jackson
1987 NBC Bob Costas Tony Kubek
1986[11] ABC Al Michaels[12] Jim Palmer
1985 NBC Bob Costas Tony Kubek
1984[13] ABC Al Michaels Howard Cosell[14] and Jim Palmer
1983 NBC Bob Costas Tony Kubek
1982 ABC Keith Jackson Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver
1981 NBC Joe Garagiola Tony Kubek
1980 ABC Al Michaels Billy Martin and Jim Palmer

Notes

  • 1983 marked the last year that local television stations were allowed to produce their own League Championship Series broadcasts. Bill Macatee hosted the pregame shows with analyst Don Sutton for NBC.
  • On October 15, Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS ran so long (lasting for 16 innings, 5 hours and 29 minutes), it bumped up against the start time of Game 7 of the ALCS (also on ABC). In his last ever ABC assignment, Don Drysdale interviewed the winners in the Boston clubhouse following Game 7 of the 1986 ALCS.

1970s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1979 NBC Dick Enberg Wes Parker and Sparky Anderson
1978 ABC Keith Jackson Howard Cosell and Jim Palmer
1977 NBC Jim Simpson (Game 1)
Dick Enberg (Game 2)
Joe Garagiola (Games 3, 4, 5)
Maury Wills (Game 1)
Don Drysdale (Game 2)
Tony Kubek (Games 3, 4, 5)
1976[15] ABC Bob Uecker (Game 1) and Keith Jackson (Games 2, 3, 4, 5) Howard Cosell and Reggie Jackson
1975 NBC Curt Gowdy Tony Kubek
1974 NBC Curt Gowdy (Games 1, 2)
Jim Simpson (Games 3, 4)
Tony Kubek and Frank Robinson (Games 1, 2)
Maury Wills (Games 3, 4)
1973 NBC Jim Simpson (Games 1, 2)
Curt Gowdy (Games 3, 4, 5)
Maury Wills (Games 1, 2)
Tony Kubek (Games 3, 4, 5)
1972 NBC Curt Gowdy (Games 1, 2)
Jim Simpson (Games 3, 4, 5)
Tony Kubek (Games 1, 2)
Sandy Koufax (Games 3, 4, 5)
1971 NBC Jim Simpson (Games 1, 2)
Curt Gowdy (Game 3)
Sandy Koufax (Games 1, 2)
Tony Kubek (Game 3)
1970 NBC Jim Simpson (Games 1, 2)
Curt Gowdy (Game 3)
Sandy Koufax (Games 1, 2)
Tony Kubek (Game 3)

Notes

  • In 1970, NBC televised the second games of both League Championship Series on a regional basis. Some markets got the NLCS at 1 p.m. ET along with a 4 p.m. football game while other markets got the ALCS at 4 p.m. along with a 1 p.m. football game.
  • In 1971, Game 1 of the ALCS was rained out on Saturday, October 2. NBC did not televise the rescheduled Game 1 the following day (they had only planned an NLCS telecast that day), but added a telecast of Game 2 on Monday, October 4 (which had been a scheduled travel day).
  • Except for Game 1 in both series, all games in 1975 were regionally televised. Game 3 of both League Championship Series were aired in prime time, the first time such an occurrence happened. In addition, the first four games of both of the 1995 League Championship Series were regionally televised.

1960s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1969 NBC Curt Gowdy (Game 1)
Jim Simpson (Games 2, 3)
Tony Kubek (Game 1)
Sandy Koufax (Games 2, 3)

Notes

  • In the early years of the League Championship Series, NBC typically televised a doubleheader on Saturday, a single game on Sunday (because of football coverage). They then, covered the weekday games with a 1.5 hour overlap, joining the second game in progress when the first one ended. NBC usually swapped announcer crews after Game 2.
  • The Major League Baseball television contract at the time allowed a local TV station in the market of each competing team to also carry the LCS games. So, for example, Mets fans in New York could choose to watch either the NBC telecast or Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner on WOR-TV.

Surviving telecasts

For all of the League Championship Series telecasts spanning from 1969-1975, only Game 2 of the 1972 American League Championship Series (Oakland vs. Detroit) is known to exist[16]. However, the copy on the trade circuit of Game 2 of the 1972 ALCS is missing the Bert Campaneris-Lerrin LaGrow brawl. There are some instances where the only brief glimpse of telecast footage of an early LCS game can be seen in a surviving newscast from that night. For instance, the last out of the 1973 National League Championship Series as described by Jim Simpson was played on that night's NBC Nightly News, but other than that, the entire game is gone. On the day the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles wrapped up their respective League Championship Series in 1969, a feature story on the CBS Evening News showed telecast clips of the ALCS game (there's no original sound, just voiceover narration). This is all that likely remains of anything from that third game of the Orioles-Twins series.

While all telecasts of World Series games starting with 1975 are accounted for and exist, the LCS is still a spotty situation through the late 1970s:

  • 1976 ALCS - Only Game 5 from the ABC vault is known to exist.
  • 1976 NLCS - An off-air recording of Game 3, taped in the Portland market is the only game that is known to exist. Apparently, this copy which makes the trade circuit is the only extant version because a second-hand story says that the ABC vault copy has no sound.
  • 1977 - Major League Baseball has in the vault, Game 3 of the NLCS (from the Philadelphia Phillies' local NBC affiliate) and apparently has all of Game 4 of the NLCS. Also, both the WPIX and NBC versions of Game 5 of the ALCS (both of which are also out there in terms of off-air recordings) are known to exist. Earlier games of the NLCS and ALCS have not surfaced and may not exist in the vault. Clips of these games may be seen in highlight shows or programs such as Yankeeography. It is believed that incomplete tapes of the ALCS exist. It is possible these games are not shown in part because the audio quality is poor. A common method of getting around such deficiences would be to overlay a radio telecast or narration by a player or commentator where gaps exist.
  • 1978 - Trade collectors have all four games of the ALCS (the ABC version) but only Game 4 of the NLCS (again, the source copies are those taped by those at home).

Radio

From 1969-1975, there was no official national radio network coverage of the League Championship Series. NBC only had the national radio rights to the All-Star Game and World Series during this period. Instead, national coverage was provided by local team radio broadcasts being syndicated nationally over ad hoc networks.

2000s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
2009 ESPN[17] Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2008 ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2007 ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2006 ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2005 ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2004 ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2003 ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2002 ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2001 ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan
2000 ESPN Dan Shulman Buck Martinez

1990s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1999 ESPN Ernie Harwell Rick Sutcliffe
1998 ESPN Dan Shulman Buck Martinez
1997 CBS John Rooney Jeff Torborg
1996 CBS John Rooney Gary Cohen
1995 CBS John Rooney Gary Cohen
1993 CBS Jim Hunter Ernie Harwell
1992 CBS Jim Hunter Johnny Bench
1991 CBS Jim Hunter Johnny Bench
1990 CBS Jim Hunter Johnny Bench

1980s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1989 CBS Brent Musburger Johnny Bench
1988 CBS Dick Stockton Johnny Bench
1987 CBS Brent Musburger Bill White
1986 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy
1985 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy
1984 CBS Bill White Curt Gowdy
1983 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy
1982 CBS Ernie Harwell Denny Matthews
1981 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy
1980 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy

1970s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1979 CBS Ernie Harwell Bill White
1978 CBS Ernie Harwell Ned Martin
1977 CBS Ernie Harwell Ned Martin
1976 CBS Ernie Harwell Ned Martin
1975 WHDH
KEEN
Ned Martin
Monte Moore
Jim Woods
Bob Waller
1974 Ad hoc Herb Carneal Dick Young (Game 3) and Jerome Holtzman (Game 4)
1973 WBAL
KEEN
Chuck Thompson
Monte Moore
Bill O'Donnell
Jim Woods and Bill Rigney
1972 WJR
KEEN
Ernie Harwell
Monte Moore
Gene Osborn
Jim Woods
1971 Ad hoc Ernie Harwell
1970 Ad hoc Ernie Harwell

Notes

1960s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1969 Ad hoc Buddy Blattner Ernie Harwell

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdSZFh05fZg
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6k5oz_FAEQ
  3. ^ 2004 ALCS | Game 5
  4. ^ 2003 ALCS | Game 3
  5. ^ 2003 ALCS | Game 7
  6. ^ 2000 ALCS | Game 4
  7. ^ Viewers see 'Steve Harvey' instead of Rays-Red Sox
  8. ^ Decade in Review: Worst of sports broadcasting - #3: The Steve Harvey Show preempts ALCS Game 6 (TBS, 2008)
  9. ^ 1997 ALCS | Game 3
  10. ^ 1996 ALCS | Game 1
  11. ^ 1986 ALCS | Game 5
  12. ^ Michaels thinks Game 5 of the 1986 American League playoffs, 7-6, Boston over California, was as close to a perfect game as he has ever pitched. His delivery was sharp; he anticipated plays; he was loose and glib. "It was almost awe-inspiring to work with Al on that game." says Palmer.
  13. ^ 1984 ALCS | Game 3
  14. ^ Cosell had warmed things up by baiting Michaels during the 1984 American League playoffs. "Before Game 2, he was casting a belligerent pall over the whole crew," says Michaels. "He babbled on about some strategy that was blatantly wrong, trying to get Jim Palmer and me to agree. We wouldn't. We didn't want him to look like an ignoramus. It was the only time I ever rooted for a game to end fast." Afterward, Cosell confronted Michaels in the press lounge of Royals Stadium. "Michaels, the problem with you is that you never take a stand," he said. "Don't you ever talk to me again until you apologize, you——," ranted Michaels. In the ensuing tirade, Michaels called Cosell, among other things, a "fraud," a "despicable human being" and a "detriment to the entire ABC sports operation." He concluded by saying, "Is that a good enough stand for you, Howard?"
  15. ^ 1976 ALCS | Game 5
  16. ^ Surviving World Series Telecasts
  17. ^ ESPN Radio Announcing Assignments for 2009 MLB Postseason

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