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The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast National 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 TBS TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
2012 Fox TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
2011 TBS TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA
2010 Fox TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA

2000s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters Pregame hosts Pregame analysts
2009 TBS Chip Caray Ron Darling and Buck Martinez Craig Sager Ernie Johnson, Jr. Cal Ripken, Jr., Dennis Eckersley, and David Wells
2008 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy, Mark Grace, and Eric Karros
2007 TBS Chip Caray Tony Gwynn and Bob Brenly Craig Sager Ernie Johnson, Jr. Cal Ripken, Jr. and Frank Thomas
2006 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Luis González Ken Rosenthal Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy and AJ Pierzynski
2005 Fox Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons and Bob Brenly Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2004 Fox Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons and Bob Brenly Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2003 Fox Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons and Al Leiter Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2002 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2001 Fox Joe Buck (Games 1, 2)
Thom Brennaman (Games 3, 4, 5)
Tim McCarver (Games 1, 2)
Steve Lyons (Games 3, 4, 5)
Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2000 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver Keith Olbermann Steve Lyons
     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, except in the home markets of the teams competing in the NLCS, which saw the conclusion of the ALCS on FX and the NLCS on Fox.

1990s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters
1999[1] NBC Bob Costas Joe Morgan Jim Gray and Craig Sager
1998 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
1997 NBC Bob Costas Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker Jim Gray
1996 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
1995 ABC (Games 1, 2)
NBC (Games 3, 4)
Al Michaels (Games 1, 2)
Greg Gumbel (Games 3, 4)
Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver (Games 1, 2)
Joe Morgan (Games 3, 4)
1993 CBS Sean McDonough Tim McCarver Jim Gray
1992[2] CBS Sean McDonough Tim McCarver Jim Gray
1991 CBS Jack Buck Tim McCarver Andrea Joyce
1990 CBS Jack Buck Tim McCarver Andrea Joyce

Notes

  • The 1990 postseason started on a Thursday, while World Series started on a Tuesday due to the brief lockout.
    • In 1990, Major League Baseball and CBS went with some rather unconventional scheduling during the LCS round, with two consecutive scheduled off-days in the NLCS after Game 2.
  • 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.
  • 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[3] NBC Vin Scully (Games 1, 3, 4, 5)
Bob Costas (Game 2)
Tom Seaver
1988[4][5] ABC Al Michaels[6] Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver[7]
1987[8] NBC Vin Scully Joe Garagiola
1986[9][10][11] ABC Keith Jackson[12] Tim McCarver[13]
1985[14] NBC Vin Scully Joe Garagiola
1984[15][16] ABC Don Drysdale Earl Weaver and Reggie Jackson
1983[17][18] NBC Vin Scully Joe Garagiola
1982[19] ABC Al Michaels Howard Cosell[20] and Tommy Lasorda[21]
1981[22] NBC Dick Enberg Tom Seaver
1980[23][24] ABC Keith Jackson Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell

Notes

  • Game 1 of the 1982 NLCS had to be played twice. In the first attempt (on October 6), the Atlanta Braves led against the St. Louis Cardinals 1–0 behind Phil Niekro. The game was three outs away becoming official when the umpire stopped it. When the rain did not subside, the game was canceled. Game 1 began from the start the following night in a pitching match-up of Pascual Pérez for the Braves and longtime Cardinal starter Bob Forsch.
  • 1983 marked the last time that local telecasts of League Championship Series games were allowed. In 1982, Major League Baseball recognized a problem with this due to the emergence of cable superstations such as WTBS in Atlanta and WGN-TV in Chicago. When TBS tried to petition for the right to do a "local" Braves broadcast of the 1982 NLCS, Major League Baseball got a Philadelphia federal court to ban them on the grounds that as a cable superstation, TBS could not have a nationwide telecast competing with ABC's.
  • On Thursday, October 10, 1985, NBC didn't come on the air for Game 2 of the NLCS until 8:30 p.m. ET to avoid disrupting The Cosby Show at 8. NBC would do the same thing for Thursday night games in subsequent postseasons. Dick Enberg hosted the 1985 NLCS pregame shows with Joe Morgan. It was Enberg who broke the news to most of the nation that Vince Coleman was injured before Game 4. NBC even aired an interview with one of the few people who actually saw the incident, a Dodger batboy.
  • On October 15, 1986, Game 6 of the 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).
    • During Game 6 of the NLCS, ABC color commentator Tim McCarver left the booth during the bottom of the 16th, in order to cover the expected celebration in the New York Mets' clubhouse. As a result, play-by-play man Keith Jackson was on the air by himself for a short time. Eventually, McCarver rejoined the broadcast just before the end of the game, watching the action on a monitor in the Mets' clubhouse, then doing the post game interviews with the Mets.
    • Corey McPherrin, a sports anchor with WABC (ABC's flagship station out of New York) interviewed Mike Scott when he was presented with the 1986 NLCS MVP award after Game 6.
  • NBC used Don Sutton as a pre and postgame analyst for their 1987 LCS coverage. Marv Albert went back-and-forth during both 1987 LCS. He hosted the pregame for Game 1 of the NLCS with Joe Morgan, and in fact had to read the lineups to the viewing audience. There was a problem with the St. Louis P.A. feed, so he ended up reading the script from the Cardinal dugout while the players were introduced to the crowd. He then went to Minnesota the next night to host the ALCS pregame with Don Sutton. Jimmy Cefalo hosted the pregame coverage for Game 5 of the NLCS, as Marv Albert was away on a boxing assignment for NBC.
  • NBC play-by-play man Vin Scully was unable to call Game 2 of the 1989 NLCS (on Wednesday, October 4) because he had come down with laryngitis. Thus, number two play-by-play man, Bob Costas filled-in for him. Interestingly, around the same time, Costas was assigned to call the American League Championship Series between Oakland and Toronto. Game 2 of the NLCS occurred on Thursday, October 5, which was an off day for the ALCS. NBC then decided to fly Costas from Toronto to Chicago to substitute for Scully on Thursday night. Afterwards, Costas flew back to Toronto, where he resumed work on the ALCS the next night.
    • NBC used Mike Schmidt as a guest analyst (Marv Albert served as the pregame host) for Game 1 of the NLCS. Schmidt subsequently, did on-field reporting throughout the series. Schmidt also provided periodic commentary (albeit, taped prior to the playoffs) for ABC during the 1988 NLCS.

1970s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1979[26] NBC Joe Garagiola Tony Kubek and Don Sutton
1978 ABC Al Michaels Don Drysdale and Johnny Bench
1977 NBC Joe Garagiola (Games 1, 2)
Jim Simpson (Game 3)
Dick Enberg (Game 4)
Tony Kubek (Games 1, 2)
Maury Wills (Game 3)
Don Drysdale (Game 4)
1976 ABC Al Michaels Warner Wolf and Tom Seaver
1975 NBC Joe Garagiola Maury Wills
1974 NBC Jim Simpson (Games 1, 2)
Curt Gowdy (Games 3, 4)
Maury Wills (Games 1, 2)
Tony Kubek (Games 3, 4)
1973 NBC Curt Gowdy (Games 1, 2)
Jim Simpson (Games 3, 4, 5)
Tony Kubek (Games 1, 2)
Maury Wills (Games 3, 4, 5)
1972[27] NBC Jim Simpson (Games 1, 2)
Curt Gowdy (Games 3, 4, 5)
Sandy Koufax (Games 1, 2)
Tony Kubek (Games 3, 4, 5)
1971 NBC Curt Gowdy (Games 1, 2)
Jim Simpson (Games 3, 4)
Tony Kubek (Games 1, 2)
Sandy Koufax (Games 3, 4)
1970 NBC Curt Gowdy (Games 1, 2)
Jim Simpson (Game 3)
Tony Kubek (Games 1, 2)
Sandy Koufax (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.
  • 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.
  • 1976 marked the first time that all LCS games were televised nationally.

1960s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1969 NBC Jim Simpson (Game 1)
Curt Gowdy (Games 2, 3)
Sandy Koufax (Game 1)
Tony Kubek (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[28]. 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.
  • 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[29] Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2008 ESPN Dan Shulman Steve Phillips (Games 1, 2)
Orel Hershiser (Games 3, 4, 5)
2007 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2006 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2005 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2004 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2003 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2002 ESPN Dan Shulman Dave Campbell
2001 ESPN Charley Steiner Dave Campbell
2000 ESPN Charley Steiner Dave Campbell

1990s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1999 ESPN Charley Steiner Kevin Kennedy
1998 ESPN Charley Steiner Kevin Kennedy
1997 CBS Gary Cohen Jerry Coleman
1996 CBS Jim Hunter Jerry Coleman
1995 CBS Jim Hunter Jerry Coleman
1993 CBS Jerry Coleman Johnny Bench
1992 CBS John Rooney Jerry Coleman
1991 CBS John Rooney Jerry Coleman
1990 CBS John Rooney Jerry Coleman

1980s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1989 CBS John Rooney Jerry Coleman
1988 CBS Brent Musburger Jerry Coleman
1987 CBS Dick Stockton Johnny Bench
1986 CBS Brent Musburger Johnny Bench
1985 CBS Jerry Coleman Johnny Bench
1984 CBS Harry Kalas Ross Porter
1983 CBS Jerry Coleman Duke Snider
1982 CBS Jack Buck Jerry Coleman
1981 CBS Jack Buck Jerry Coleman
1980 CBS Jack Buck Jerry Coleman

1970s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1979 CBS Jack Buck Jerry Coleman
1978 CBS Ralph Kiner Jerry Coleman
1977 CBS Ralph Kiner Jerry Coleman
1976 CBS Ralph Kiner Jerry Coleman
1975 Ad hoc Ralph Kiner Red Schoendienst
1974 Ad hoc Marty Brennaman Bob Gibson
1973 Ad hoc Vin Scully Bob Gibson
1972 WLW Al Michaels Joe Nuxhall
1971 Ad hoc Vin Scully Bob Gibson
1970 Ad hoc Vin Scully Bob Gibson

Notes

1960s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1969 Hughes Bob Prince Gene Elston

See also

References

  1. ^ 1999 NLCS | Game 5
  2. ^ 1992 NLCS | Game 7
  3. ^ 1989 NLCS | Game 1
  4. ^ 1988 NLCS | Game 4
  5. ^ The New York Times - 1988 NLCS on ABC
  6. ^ BEST ANNOUNCER—ABC's Al Michaels. He was incisive, witty, enthusiastic and well-informed on whatever sport he covered, whether it was baseball, football or Olympic hockey. His work on the National League playoffs with Tim McCarver and Jim Palmer was best-ever material.
  7. ^ BEST ANALYSIS—1) McCarver, for insightful, even prescient, commentary during the National League playoffs.
  8. ^ The New York Times - 1987 NLCS on NBC
  9. ^ 1986 NLCS | Game 1
  10. ^ 1986 NLCS | Game 6
  11. ^ The New York Times - 1986 NLCS on ABC
  12. ^ The one sport he is weak in is baseball, probably because he never broadcast regular-season major league games on a regular basis and thus lacked the stockpile of anecdotes and expertise necessary to carry him through the yawning innings of a slow game. And because his new contract calls for him to make fewer TV appearances, last October's National League playoffs were probably the last baseball games he will work.
  13. ^ Baseball, Dental Floss And Shakespeare
  14. ^ The New York Times - 1985 NLCS on NBC
  15. ^ 1984 NLCS | Game 5
  16. ^ The New York Times - 1984 NLCS on ABC
  17. ^ 1983 NLCS | Game 1
  18. ^ The New York Times - 1983 NLCS on NBC
  19. ^ The New York Times - 1982 NLCS on ABC
  20. ^ MOST UNKIND REMARK—Cosell, referring to Cardinal Outfielder Willie McGee during the National League playoffs: "He looks a little like E.T."
  21. ^ WORST COMMENTARY—Tommy Lasorda on the NL playoffs ( ABC). He bombarded us with his repertory of after-dinner jokes. What we wanted was analysis. Clearly the front-runner for next year's George Jessel of the Dugout Award.
  22. ^ 1981 NLCS | Game 5
  23. ^ 1980 NLCS | Game 3
  24. ^ 1980 NLCS | Game 5<
  25. ^ Tim McCarver heads back to the ABC broadcasting booth for a second season Monday night, freed once a week of duties with the Mets under his new four-year contract with them. He again teams with Don Drysdale to form the B squad for the network's weekly baseball telecast, which means he'll be at Montreal to cover the Cubs' visit while the A team - Al Michaels and Jim Palmer, to be joined the week after next by Howard Cosell - is at Yankee Stadium for Toronto-New York.
  26. ^ 1979 NLCS | Game 2
  27. ^ 1972 NLCS | Game 5
  28. ^ Surviving World Series Telecasts
  29. ^ ESPN Radio Announcing Assignments for 2009 MLB Postseason

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