List of American League Championship Series broadcasters

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The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast American League Championship Series games over the years. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

National television[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters Pregame hosts Pregame analysts Trophy presentation
2014 TBS[1] Ernie Johnson, Jr. Ron Darling and Cal Ripken, Jr. Matt Winer, Mike Bordick and Steve Physioc Casey Stern Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield Ernie Johnson, Jr.
2013 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews Matt Vasgersian Harold Reynolds and Michael Cuddyer Erin Andrews
2012 TBS Ernie Johnson, Jr. Ron Darling and John Smoltz Craig Sager Matt Winer Cal Ripken, Jr., Dennis Eckersley and David Wells Matt Winer
2011 Fox Joe Buck Terry Francona (Games 1–2)
Tim McCarver (Games 3–6)
Ken Rosenthal Chris Rose Eric Karros and A.J. Pierzynski Chris Rose
2010 TBS[2] Ernie Johnson, Jr. Ron Darling and John Smoltz Craig Sager Matt Winer Cal Ripken, Jr., Dennis Eckersley and David Wells Matt Winer

Notes[edit]

  • 2014 - Mike Bordick, a color analyst for the Orioles' regular-season telecasts, and Steve Physioc, a play-by-play man for the Royals' TV/radio broadcasts, were employed as field-level commentators for TBS' coverage along with Matt Winer.[5][6]
    • The start of Game 1 was delayed by four minutes due to floodlights from TBS' pre-game show set not being turned off in time.[7]

2000s[edit]

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.
2007 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal and Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy, Joe Girardi, Mark Grace and Eric Karros Chris Myers
2006 Fox Thom Brennaman Steve Lyons (Games 1–3), José Mota (Game 4) and Lou Piniella Ken Rosenthal and Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy and A. J. Pierzynski Chris Myers[8]
2005 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Lou Piniella Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2004 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Al Leiter Chris Myers Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy Kenny Albert
2003 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 3–5)
Steve Lyons (Games 1–2)
Tim McCarver (Games 3–5)
Jeanne Zelasko Kevin Kennedy
2000 NBC[9] Bob Costas[10][11][12] Joe Morgan Jim Gray and Jimmy Roberts Jim Gray

Notes[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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."
  • 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.

1990s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators Field reporters
1999 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
1998 NBC Bob Costas[14] Joe Morgan Jim Gray
1997 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly
1996 NBC Bob Costas Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker Jim Gray
1995 ABC (Games 1–2[15])
NBC (Games 3[16]–6[17])
Brent Musburger (Games 1–2)
Bob Costas (Games 3–6)
Jim Kaat (Games 1–2)
Bob Uecker (Games 3–6)
Jack Arute (Games 1–2)
Jim Gray (Games 3–6)
1994 Canceled due to 1994 strike.
1993 CBS[18] Greg Gumbel[19] Jim Kaat Lesley Visser
1992 CBS[20] Dick Stockton[21] Jim Kaat and Johnny Bench (Game 2) Lesley Visser
1991 CBS[22] Dick Stockton Jim Kaat[23] Jim Gray
1990 CBS Dick Stockton[24] Jim Kaat Jim Gray

Notes[edit]

  • 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.[25]
  • Over the course of Game 2 of the 1992 ALCS, Jim Kaat was stricken with a bad case of laryngitis.[26] 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."[27] 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.
    • CBS' coverage of the 1992 LCS led to conflicts with the presidential debates that year.[28] 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.
  • 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.[29][30]

1980s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1989 NBC Bob Costas[31] Tony Kubek
1988 ABC Gary Bender[32][33] Joe Morgan and Reggie Jackson[34][35]
1987 NBC[36] Bob Costas[37] Tony Kubek
1986 ABC[38][39] Al Michaels[40][41] Jim Palmer
1985 NBC[42] Bob Costas[43] Tony Kubek[44]
1984 ABC Al Michaels Howard Cosell[40] and Jim Palmer
1983 NBC Bob Costas Tony Kubek
1982 ABC Keith Jackson[45] Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver[45][46]
1981 NBC[47] Joe Garagiola Tony Kubek[48]
1980 ABC Al Michaels[49] Billy Martin and Jim Palmer

Notes[edit]

  • 1983 marked the last year that the local flagship television stations for the competing teams 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.[50]

1970s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1979 NBC Dick Enberg Wes Parker and Sparky Anderson[54]
1978 ABC Keith Jackson Howard Cosell and Jim Palmer
1977 NBC Jim Simpson (Game 1)
Dick Enberg (Game 2)
Joe Garagiola (Games 3–5)
Maury Wills (Game 1)
Don Drysdale (Game 2)
Tony Kubek (Games 3–5)
1976 ABC Bob Uecker (Game 1) and Keith Jackson (Games 2–5[55]) Howard Cosell[56] and Reggie Jackson
1975 NBC Curt Gowdy (Games 1–2[57])
Joe Garagiola (Game 3)
Tony Kubek (Games 1–2)
Maury Wills (Game 3)
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 (Game 1)
Curt Gowdy (Games 3–5)
Maury Wills (Game 1)
Tony Kubek (Games 3–5)
1972 NBC Curt Gowdy (Games 1–2)
Jim Simpson (Games 3–5)
Tony Kubek (Games 1–2)
Sandy Koufax (Games 3–5)
1971 NBC Jim Simpson (Game 2)
Curt Gowdy (Game 3)
Sandy Koufax (Game 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[edit]

  • 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. NFL game while other markets got the ALCS at 4 p.m. along with a 1 p.m. NFL game.
  • In 1971, Game 1 of the ALCS was rained out on Saturday, October 2. Due to its NFL coverage, NBC did not televise[58] 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.

1969[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  • In the early years of the League Championship Series, NBC typically televised a doubleheader on the opening Saturday, followed by a single game on Sunday (because of NFL coverage). They then covered the weekday games with a 1.5 hour overlap,[60] joining the second game in progress when the first one ended. NBC usually swapped announcer crews after Game 2.
  • From 1969 to 1983, the Major League Baseball television contract allowed a local TV station in the market of each competing team to also carry the LCS games. So in 1969, for example, Orioles fans in Baltimore could choose to watch either the NBC telecast or Chuck Thompson, Bill O'Donnell and Jim Karvellas on WJZ-TV.

Surviving telecasts[edit]

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. 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 1972 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).

Local television[edit]

As previously mentioned, from 1969 until 1983, the Major League Baseball television contract allowed a local TV station in the market of each competing team to also carry the LCS games.

1970s[edit]

Year Teams Local TV Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Play-by-play #3
1978 New York (AL)-Kansas City WPIX-TV (New York (AL))
KBMA-TV (Kansas City)
Phil Rizzuto
Steve Shannon
Frank Messer

Bill White

1977 New York (AL)-Kansas City WPIX-TV (New York (AL))
KBMA-TV (Kansas City)
Phil Rizzuto
Steve Shannon
Frank Messer

Bill White

National radio[edit]

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.

2010s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
2014 ESPN Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2013 ESPN Jon Sciambi Chris Singleton
2012 ESPN Dan Shulman Orel Hershiser
2011 ESPN Dan Shulman Orel Hershiser
2010 ESPN Jon Miller Joe Morgan

2000s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
2009 ESPN 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[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1999 ESPN Ernie Harwell[61] Rick Sutcliffe[62]
1998 ESPN Dan Shulman Buck Martinez[63]
1997 CBS John Rooney Jeff Torborg[64]
1996 CBS John Rooney Jeff Torborg[65]
1995 CBS John Rooney Jeff Torborg
1993 CBS Jim Hunter Ernie Harwell[66]
1992 CBS Jim Hunter[67] Johnny Bench
1991 CBS Jim Hunter[68] Johnny Bench
1990 CBS Jim Hunter[69] Johnny Bench

See also[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1989 CBS Brent Musburger[70] Johnny Bench[71]
1988 CBS John Rooney[72][73] Johnny Bench[74]
1987 CBS Brent Musburger[75] Bill White
1986 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy[76]
1985 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy[77]
1984 CBS Bill White[78] Curt Gowdy
1983 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy[79]
1982 CBS Ernie Harwell Denny Matthews
1981 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy[48]
1980 CBS Ernie Harwell Curt Gowdy

1970s[edit]

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[edit]

1969[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1969 Robert Wold Radio Buddy Blattner Ernie Harwell

Local radio[edit]

From 1969 to present, with the exception of the period between 1969-1975, the non-National radio broadcasts of the American League Championship Series we're broadcast on the flagship station and the radio network of the teams participating in the American League Championship Series.

2000s[edit]

Year Teams Flagship station Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Play-by-play #3 Color commentators
2009 New York (AL)-Los Angeles (AL) WCBS-AM (New York (AL))
KLAA-AM (Los Angeles (AL)
2000 New York (AL)-Seattle WABC-AM (New York (AL))
KIRO-AM (Seattle)

1990s[edit]

Year Teams Flagship station Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Color commentators
1999 New York (AL)-Boston WABC-AM (New York (AL))
WEEI-AM (Boston)
1998 New York (AL)-Cleveland WABC-AM (New York (AL))
WTAM-AM (Cleveland)
1997 Cleveland-Baltimore WKNR-AM (Cleveland)
WBAL-AM (Baltimore)
Herb Score

Tom Hamilton

1996 New York (AL)-Baltimore WABC-AM (New York (AL))
WBAL-AM (Baltimore)
1995 Cleveland-Seattle WKNR-AM (Cleveland)
KIRO-AM (Seattle)
Herb Score

Tom Hamilton

1993 Toronto-Chicago (AL) CJCL-AM (Toronto)
WMAQ-AM (Chicago (AL))
Tom Cheek
John Rooney
Jerry Howarth
Ed Farmer
1992 Toronto-Oakland CJCL-AM (Toronto)
KSFO-AM (Oakland)
Tom Cheek
Bill King
Jerry Howarth
Lon Simmons

Ray Fosse
1991 Minnesota-Toronto

Notes[edit]

1980s[edit]

Year Teams Flagship station Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Color commentators
1989 Oakland-Toronto
1985 Kansas City-Toronto

1970s[edit]

Year Teams Flagship station Play-by-play #1 Play-by-play #2 Play-by-play #3 Color commentators
1978 New York (AL)-Kansas City WINS-AM (New York (AL))
WIBW-AM (Kansas City)
Phil Rizzuto
Denny Matthews
Frank Messer
Fred White
Bill White

Fran Healy

1977 New York (AL)-Kansas City WMCA-AM (New York (AL)
WIBW-AM (Kansas City)
Phil Rizzuto
Denny Matthews
Frank Messer
Fred White
Bill White

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