List of Little League World Series Championship Game broadcasters

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Note that this list focuses on the television network(s) and announcers who have broadcast the Little League World Series' World Championship Game.

1950s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
1953[1] CBS Jim McKay

1960s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
1960[2] ABC
1963[3] ABC Chris Schenkel
1964 ABC Jim McKay Bill Veeck and Sonny Fox
1965 ABC Jim McKay Jackie Robinson and Sonny Fox
1966[4] ABC Jim McKay Sonny Fox Keith Jackson
1967 ABC Jim McKay Ted Williams[5] Howard Cosell
1968 ABC Keith Jackson Jimmy Piersall Jim McKay
1969 ABC Jim McKay Mickey Mantle Vin Scully

1970s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
1970 ABC Jim McKay Mickey Mantle Jack Twyman
1971 ABC Jim McKay Mickey Mantle Jack Buck
1972 ABC Bud Palmer Mickey Mantle Keith Jackson
1973 ABC Keith Jackson Bob Gibson Frank Gifford
1974 ABC Jim McKay Carlton Fisk Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell
1975 ABC Keith Jackson Bob Uecker Al Michaels
1976 ABC Keith Jackson Bob Gibson Ross Porter
1977 ABC Al Michaels Don Sutton Reggie Jackson
1978 ABC Al Michaels Brooks Robinson Keith Jackson
1979 ABC Mel Allen Red Barber Curt Gowdy and Keith Jackson

1980s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
1980 ABC Al Michaels Don Drysdale and Willie Stargell Howard Cosell
1981 ABC Jim McKay Davey Lopes Bill Russell
1982 ABC Jim McKay Steve Stone Frank Gifford
1983 ABC Keith Jackson Earl Weaver Al Michaels
1984 ABC Curt Gowdy Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver O. J. Simpson
1985[6] ABC Jim McKay Jim Palmer Curt Gowdy
1986 ABC Al Trautwig Johnny Bench Lynn Swann
1987 ABC Al Trautwig Jim Palmer Cheryl Miller and Becky Dixon
1988 ABC Al Trautwig Jim Palmer Reggie Jackson and Lynn Swann
1989 ABC Al Trautwig Jim Palmer Mike Adamle

Notes[edit]

  • At first, only the World Championship Game was televised under the Wide World of Sports[7] anthology umbrella on ABC. Since the late 1980s, when the tournament was reorganized, both the U.S. and international championships, the "semifinals," have been shown.
    • ESPN first began covering the games in 1982. With the expansion of ESPN's brand and its family of networks, the total number of games has significantly increased. In 2000, a total of 12 games were televised by ESPN. In addition, the popularity of the game increased the total number of teams from 8 to 16 and ESPN covered all eight U.S. regional championships in 2001 (something they still do today). This was as a result of a second stadium, Volunteer Stadium, which allowed games to take place simultaneously. Also that year, ABC began televising the U.S. Championship Game. That year, ESPN aired a total of 25 games. In 2003, ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 carried a total of 35 games including regional championships.[8][9] All games aired on any ESPN network are also available via Internet streaming on ESPN3.
  • 1985 - ABC carries the Little League World Series championship game live for the first time on Wide World of Sports. For the first time in baseball history, the home plate umpire wears a miniature camera on his mask.

1990s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
1990 ABC Al Trautwig Jim Palmer Mike Adamle
1991 ABC Brent Musburger Jim Palmer Julie Moran
1992 ABC Brent Musburger Jim Palmer Julie Moran
1993 ABC John Saunders Jim Palmer Maria Sansone
1994 ABC John Saunders Jim Palmer Maria Sansone
1995 ABC Terry Gannon Jimmy Key Maria Sansone
1996 ABC Terry Gannon Kirby Puckett Dan Patrick
1997[10] ABC Brent Musburger Jim Palmer Jimmy Roberts
1998 ABC Brent Musburger Jim Palmer Jack Arute
1999 ABC Terry Gannon Harold Reynolds Dave Ryan

Notes[edit]

  • 1997 - For the first time, U.S. Regional championship games in Little League Baseball are televised nationally on ESPN2.

2000s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
2000 ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds and Orel Hershiser Dave Ryan
2001 ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds and Orel Hershiser Dave Ryan and Álvaro Martín
2002 ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds and Tony Gwynn Linda Cohn and Dave Ryan
2003 ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds Sam Ryan
2004 ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds and Buck Martinez Sam Ryan and Dave Ryan
2005 ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds Sam Ryan
2006 ESPN2 Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser and Joe Morgan Erin Andrews and Orestes Destrade
2007 ABC Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser and Dusty Baker Erin Andrews and Orestes Destrade
2008 ABC Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser Stacey Dales, Pedro Gomez, and Orestes Destrade
2009 ABC Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser Moises Arias and Orestes Destrade

Notes[edit]

  • 2002 - Both the U.S. Championship and World Championship Games were televised live during prime time for the first time (6:30 ET). The World Championship Game was aired on tape delay on the West Coast.
  • In 2006, 28 of the 36 games were televised on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC.
    • 2006 - The World Championship Game was initially supposed to air on ABC. However, a rain delay caused the game to be postponed until following day (Monday, August 28, 2006). As a result, the Championship Game instead, aired on ESPN2.
  • In January 2007, it was announced that ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC had extended their contract with the Little League organization through 2014.[11]

2010s[edit]

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
2010 ABC Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser Kyle Peterson and Bobby Valentine
2011 ABC Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser Kyle Peterson
2012 ABC Karl Ravech Nomar Garciaparra Jenn Brown
2013 ABC Karl Ravech Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra Jaymee Sire

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