Historical Major League Baseball over-the-air television broadcasters

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Local[edit]

American League[edit]

Team Stations Years
Baltimore Orioles WMAR 2/WJZ 132
WMAR 2/WBAL 11/WJZ 132
WJZ 13
WBAL 11
WJZ 132
WMAR 2
WNUV 54
1954
1955-1957
1958-1961; 1964-1978
1962-1963
1994-present
1979-1993
2001-2006
Boston Red Sox WBZ 42/WNAC 7 (later WHDH)
WBZ 42
WHDH-TV (later WCVB)
WBZ 42
WSBK 385
WABU 68 (later WBPX)
WLVI 56
WFXT 253
1948-1954
1955-1957
1958-1971
1972-1974; 2003 (a handful of games)
1975-1995; 2003-2005
1996-1998
1999
2000-2002
Chicago White Sox WGN 95
WFLD 323
WSNS 44
WCIU 26
19481967; 1981; 1990-present
19681972; 1982-1989
19731980
2000–present
Cleveland Indians WEWS 5
WXEL 8 (later WJW)
WEWS 5
WJW 8 (later WJKW circa 1977-1979)
WUAB 43
WKYC 3
1948-1949
1950-1955
1956-1960
1961-1979
1980-2001
2006-present
Detroit Tigers WDIV 4 (formerly WWDT & WWJ-TV)
WJBK 23
WKBD 50
WDWB 20 (later WMYD)
1948-1952; 1978-1994
1953-1977; 2007
1995-2004
2006
Houston Astros KTRK 131
KPRC 2
KHTV 39 (later KIAH)
KRIV 263
KTXH 20
KNWS-TV 51
1962-1972
19731976
19771978 (with KPRC 2 on Sundays)
19791982
19831997; 2008-present
19982007
Kansas City Royals KMBC 9
KBMA 41 (later KSHB)5
WDAF 4
KSMO 62
KMBC 9/KCWE 29
KMCI 38 (Opening Day and Sunday away games)
1969-1971
1972-1979
1980-1991
1992-1997
1998-2002
2003-2007
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim KCAL 9 (formerly KHJ)
KTLA 55
KPXN 30/KDOC 56
KCOP 13
1961-1963; 1996-2005
1964-1995
2004
2006-present
Minnesota Twins WTCN 11 (later KARE)
WCCO 43
KMSP 9
WFTC 29
KLGT 23 (later WUCW)
KSTC 45
1961-1972; 1975-1978
1973-1974; 1989-1997
1979-1988; 1998-2002
1990-1993; 2005-2010
1994-1997
2003-2004
New York Yankees W2XBS, later WNBT4
WABD
WPIX 115
WCBS 22
WNYW 53
WCBS 22
WWOR 95
1939-1945
1946-1950
1951-1998
1965 (with WPIX 11)
1999-2001
2002-2004
2005-present
Oakland Athletics KBHK 44 (later KBCW)
KTVU 2
KPIX 52
KRON 4
KICU 36
1968-1972; 1992-1996
1973-1974
1975-1981; 1985-1992
19931998
19992008
Seattle Mariners KING 5
KSTW 115
KIRO 7
KAYU 28 (Spokane)
KXLY 4 (Spokane)
KONG 16
1977-1980
1981-1985; 1989-1993; 1999; 2003-2007
1986-1988; 1992; 1994-2002
1990
1991
2014-present
Tampa Bay Rays WWWB 32 (later WMOR)/WTSP 10 (Sundays)
WXPX 66
WTOG 44
1998-2002
2003-2008
2014-present
Texas Rangers KXAS 5
KTVT 1135
KXTX 39/KXAS 5
KDFI 27/KDFW 4
KTXA 21
KMYS 35 (San Antonio)
19731983
1984-1994
19952000
2001-2009
2010-present
2013-present
Toronto Blue Jays CFTO 9
CTV
BBS
CBLT 5/CBC
CITY 57 (Preseason only)
CBLFT 25 (French)
CJMT 69 (Mandarin)
19771996
1977-1991
1992-1996
1992-2002; 2007-2008
2008
1979
2013-present

National League[edit]

Team Stations Years
Arizona Diamondbacks KTVK 3
KDRX 48
KASW 61
KPHE-LD 44
1998-2007
1998 (Spanish)
2003 (East Coast road games)
2007 (Spanish)
Atlanta Braves WSB 2
WTCG 17 (later WTBS, now WPCH5)
1966-1971
1972-2011
Chicago Cubs WGN 9
WCIU 26
1948-present
2000–present
Cincinnati Reds WLWT 5
WSTR 64
WKRC 12
1948-1995
1996-1998
1999
Colorado Rockies KWGN 25
KTVD 20
1993-2002
2003-2008
Los Angeles Dodgers KTTV 113
KTLA 55
KCOP 13
KCAL 9
1958-1992
1993-2001
2002-2005
2006-2013
Miami Marlins WBFS 33
WAMI 69
WPXM 35
1993-1998
1999-2001
2002-2005
Milwaukee Brewers WTMJ 4
WVTV 185
WCGV 24
WISN 12
WMLW-CA 41
WYTU-LD 63 (Spanish)
1972-1980
1981-1988; 1993-1997
1989-1992; 1998-2003; 2014-present
2003 (selected Sundays)
2007-2011
2003–present (Sunday home games)
New York Mets WOR 9 (later WWOR)5
WPIX 11
19621998
1999–present
Philadelphia Phillies WFIL 6 (later WPVI)1
WPHL 17
WTXF 29
WPSG 57
WPIX 11 (New York)
WCAU 104
1959-1970
1971-1982; 1993-1998; 2009-2013
1983-1989
1999-2008
1958-1961 (affiliate)
2014-present
Pittsburgh Pirates KDKA 22
WPGH 53/WCWB 20 (later WPMY)
1958-1995
1996-2001
San Diego Padres KOGO 10 (later KGTV)
KCST 39 (later KNSD)4
XETV 6
KFMB 8
KUSI 51
KTTY 69 (later KSWB)
XHBJ 45
KSEX 42 (Spanish)
1969-1970
1971-1972; 1984-1986
1977-1979
1980-1983; 1995-1996
1987-1994; 1997-2004 (Opening Day, Home Opener, and Sundays)
1995
1991-1993
unknown
San Francisco Giants KTVU 25
KICU 36
KNTV 114
19582007
1993 (co-coverage with KTVU 2)
2008–present
St. Louis Cardinals KSDK 5 (formerly KSD)
KPLR 11
1948-1958; 1963-1987; 2007-2010
1959-1962; 1988-2006
Washington Nationals WDCA 20
WDCW 50
WUSA 9
2005-2008
2009-2011
2012-present

Former teams[edit]

Team Stations Years
Boston Braves WBZ 42/WNAC 7 (later WHDH)
WBZ-TV
1948-1949
1950-1952
Brooklyn Dodgers W2XBS, later WNBT4
WCBS 22
WATV 13 (later WNET)
WOR 9 (later WWOR)
WPIX 115/WABC 71/WABD 5 (later WNYW)3
1939-1945
19461949
1949
1950–August 16, 1953; 1954-1957
August 17, 1953-October 1, 1953
Kansas City Athletics WDAF 4
KCMO 5 (later KCTV)
1958-1961
1962-1967
Milwaukee Braves WTMJ 4 1962-1964
Montreal Expos CBMT 6
CFCF 12
SRC
TQS
Global/Canwest
WAPA 45 (Puerto Rico)
1969-mid-1980s
mid-1980s-1991
1969-1999
1996-1998
1988
2003-2004
New York Giants WNBT 4 (later WNBC)4
WPIX 115
WOR 9 (later WWOR)5
19471948
19491957
Philadelphia Athletics WPTZ 3 (later KYW)2
WCAU 104
WFIL 6 (later WPVI)1
1947-1954
1948-1954
1949-1954
St. Louis Browns KSD 5 (later KSDK)
KTVI 2
1948-1952
1953
Washington Senators (original franchise) WTTG 53
WTOP 9 (later WUSA)
1948-1958
1959-1960
Washington Senators (expansion franchise) WTOP 9 (later WUSA) 1961-1971

See also[edit]

1ABC owned television station.

2CBS owned television station.

3Fox owned television station.

4NBC owned television station.

5Superstation (bold indicates former superstation).

National[edit]

Network Years Additional notes
NBC 1947-1989
1994-2000
World Series and All-Star Game (beginning in 1950) only from 1947–1955 and 1965
Saturday afternoon Game of the Week from 1956–1964 and exclusively from 1966-1989
Monday Night Baseball games from 1967–1969 and 1972-1975
Part of a revenue sharing joint venture with Major League Baseball and ABC called "The Baseball Network" from 1994-1995
All-Star Game (in even numbered years) and postseason games only from 1996–2000
ABC 1953-1954
1960
1965
1976-1989
1994-1995
Saturday afternoon Game of the Week from 1953–1954 and in 1960 and 1965 (exclusve coverage)
Monday Night Baseball games from 1976-1988
Thursday Night Baseball in 1989
Part of a revenue sharing joint venture with Major League Baseball and NBC called "The Baseball Network" from 1994–1995
CBS 19551965
19901993
Saturday afternoon Game of the Week from 1955-1964
New York Yankees games only in 1965
Sporadic, 18 game coverage of Saturday afternoon Game of the Week plus, exclusive network television broadcaster from 1990–1993
Fox 1996-present Saturday afternoon Game of the Week beginning on Memorial Day weekend from 1996-2006
Saturday afternoon Game of the Week for the full season since 2007
Exclusive network television broadcaster since 2001

Superstations[edit]

Postseason coverage[edit]

When the League Championship Series was first instituted in 1969, 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.

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.

Since 2007, MLB playoff games on TBS are not made available[1] to local over-the-air broadcasters in the participating teams' markets.[2] Under the previous contract, ESPN was required to make those games available on the air in local markets.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hiestand, Michael (2007-10-09). "Fox's Buck makes pitch for late show". USA Today. 
  2. ^ Postseason exclusivity boosted the price for TBS. If MLB continued to allow local outlets to air their team's games, the rights would have been "significantly diluted," according to Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs a broadcast consulting company. "The TBS sales people now can assure advertisers that this is the only place where people can see the games," Pilson said. "It's a judgment baseball had to make. It had to balance the revenue stream, which is formidable, against the loss of a certain number of homes."

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