List of American League Championship Series broadcasters
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 include any announcers who may have appeared on local broadcasts produced by the participating teams.
- 2011 – Terry Francona filled for Tim McCarver for the first two games of Fox's coverage during the ALCS because McCarver was recovering from a minor heart procedure.
- Beginning in 2014, when Fox Sports began a new television contract with Major League Baseball, FS1 airs 40 regular season MLB games (mostly on Saturdays), along with up to 15 post-season games (eight Divisional Series games and one best-of-7 League Championship Series). The deal resulted in a reduction of MLB coverage on the Fox network, which will air 12 regular season games, the All-Star Game, and the World Series.
- 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.
- 2016 – Sportsnet, a property of Toronto Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, aired all games in Canada using the TBS feeds.
- Game 6 of the 2000 ALCS is the last baseball game that NBC has televised to date. In Houston, due to the coverage of the 2000 Presidential Debate, KPRC-TV elected to carry NBC News' coverage of the debate while KNWS-TV carried NBC's final baseball game.
- In 2001, Game 5 of the NLCS and Game 4 of the ALCS were split between Fox and Fox Sports Net. This came off the heels of Fox airing an NFL doubleheader that particular day (October 21).
- 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 2003, Game 1 of the ALCS and Game 2 of the NLCS were split between Fox and FX Networks.
- 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 2005, Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 1 of the ALCS were split between Fox and 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."
- On October 18, 2008, TBS missed most of the first inning of Game 6 of that year's American League Championship Series, with viewers getting a rerun of The Steve Harvey Show instead. TBS picked up the game just prior to the last out in the bottom of the first, with announcer Chip Caray apologizing to viewers for "technical difficulties".
- 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.
|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||Fox||Joe Buck||Tim McCarver and Bob Brenly|
|1996||NBC||Bob Costas||Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker||Jim Gray|
|1995||ABC (Games 1–2)
NBC (Games 3–6)
|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||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||Jim Gray|
|1990||CBS||Dick Stockton||Jim Kaat||Jim Gray|
- The 1990 postseason started on a Thursday, while World Series started on a Tuesday due to the brief lockout.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The 1994 American League Championship Series was planned to air on NBC. However, those plans were scrapped when a strike caused the entire postseason to be canceled.
- The rather messy 1995 arrangement was courtesy of "The Baseball Network", which was Major League Baseball's in-house production facility. 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.
- 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.
- Had the 1984 ALCS between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals gone the full five games (the last year that the League Championship Series was a best-of-five series), Game 5 on Sunday October 7, would have been a 1 p.m. ET time start instead of being in prime time. This would have happened because one of the presidential debates between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale was scheduled for that night. In return, ABC was going to broadcast the debates instead of a baseball game in prime time.
- Dick Enberg was in Toronto for Games 1 and 7 of the 1985 ALCS on NBC. Enberg hosted the pregame show alongside Rick Dempsey (who was still active with Baltimore at the time). Meanwhile, Bill Macatee provided a report on Game 2 of the ALCS during the pregame of the NLCS opener.
- 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.
- 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 from St. Louis. He then went to Minnesota the next night to host the ALCS pregame with Don Sutton. Sutton also made an appearance in the booth during Game 3 of the ALCS. Sutton talked with Bob Costas and Tony Kubek about Twins pitcher Les Straker's borderline balk in that game. Sutton later interviewed Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson following their loss in Game 5.
- Then Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine worked as an on-the-field analyst for NBC's 1989 ALCS coverage.
|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 3–5)
|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)||Howard Cosell and Reggie Jackson|
|1975||NBC||Curt Gowdy (Games 1–2)
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)
- 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 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).
- NBC did not air Game 2 of the 1973 ALCS.
- 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. Keith Jackson was unavailable to call Game 1 of the ALCS because he had just gotten finished calling an Oklahoma–Texas college football game for ABC. Thus, Bob Uecker filled-in for Jackson for Game 1. Uecker also took part in the postgame interviews for Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS, while Warner Wolf did an interview of George Brett in the Kansas City locker room.
- In 1978, Keith Jackson called an Oklahoma-Texas college football game for ABC on October 7, and then flew to New York, arriving just in time to call Game 4 of the ALCS that same night.
|1969||NBC||Curt Gowdy (Game 1)
Jim Simpson (Game 3)
|Tony Kubek (Game 1)|
Sandy Koufax (Game 3)
- 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, joining the second game in progress when the first one ended. NBC usually swapped announcer crews after Game 2.
- NBC did not air Game 2 of the 1969 ALCS.
- 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.
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).
|1978||New York–Kansas City||WPIX-TV (New York)
KBMA-TV (Kansas City)
|1977||New York–Kansas City||WPIX-TV (New York)
KBMA-TV (Kansas City)
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.
|1969||Robert Wold Radio||Buddy Blattner||Ernie Harwell|
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.
|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)
Herb Carneal (Games 1–2) and John Gordon (Games 3–5)
John Gordon (Games 1–2) and Dan Gladden (Games 3–5)
|2000||New York (AL)–Seattle||WABC-AM (New York (AL))
- 1992 ALCS – Locally, the series was called on CJCL-AM in Toronto by Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth and KSFO-AM in Oakland by Bill King, Lon Simmons, and Ray Fosse.
- 1993 ALCS – Locally, the series was called on CJCL-AM in Toronto by Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth and WMAQ-AM in Chicago by John Rooney and Ed Farmer.
|Year||Teams||Flagship station||Play-by-play#1||Play-by-play#2||Color commentators|
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