LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES HISTORY (1969-2020)

Every LCS in Major League Baseball History

The League Championships Series, love it or hate it, is here to stay. Hardcore fans from yesteryear long for the day when the leader of the American League faced off against the leader of the National League when the regular season was over.

Since 1969, the League Championship Series has decided which two teams from their respective League will face-off against each other in the World Series. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive look at the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and National League Championship Series (NLCS).

NOTES: Team names in bold print won and moved on to the Fall Classic. Team names with an asterisk next to their name denotes wild-card teams.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The first Championship Series was in 1969, the year baseball added four new franchises: the San Diego Padres, Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, and Seattle Pilots (who moved to Milwaukee the following year and became the Brewers) giving both leagues twelve teams each. Prior to that year, the regular season champs from each league went straight to the World Series. So when cellar-dwellers like the New York Mets and the Houston Astros got stuck in ninth or tenth place early in the season, their pennant hopes were crushed by the middle of May." - Columnist Sean Gregory on Time.com (A Brief History of The League Championship Series, 10/09/2008)

League Championship Series
1985 - 2020 | Best of 7 Series

A.L.C.S. & N.L.C.S.

2021
A.L.C.S. (x-x): To Be Determined vs. To Be Determined
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (x-x): To Be Determined vs. To Be Determined
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2020
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2019
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2018
A.L.C.S. (4-1): Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2017
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2016
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2015
N.L.C.S. (4-0): New York Mets vs. Chicago Cubs
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2014
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2013
A.L.C.S. (4-2): Boston Red Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
2012
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2011
A.L.C.S. (4-2): Texas Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers
2010
A.L.C.S. (4-2): Texas Rangers vs. New York Yankees *
2009
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2008
A.L.C.S. (4-3): Tampa Bay Rays * vs. Boston Red Sox *
N.L.C.S. (4-1): Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2007
A.L.C.S. (4-3): Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians
N.L.C.S. (4-0): Colorado Rockies * vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2006
A.L.C.S. (4-0): Detroit Tigers * vs. Oakland Athletics
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-3): St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets
2005
A.L.C.S. (4-1): Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-2): Houston Astros * vs. St. Louis Cardinals
2004
A.L.C.S. (4-3): Boston Red Sox * vs. New York Yankees
N.L.C.S. (4-3): St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros *
2003
A.L.C.S. (4-3): New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox *
N.L.C.S. (4-3): Florida Marlins * vs. Chicago Cubs
2002
A.L.C.S. (4-1): Anaheim Angels * vs. Minnesota Twins
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-1): San Francisco Giants * vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2001
A.L.C.S. (4-1): New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-1): Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
2000
A.L.C.S. (4-2): New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners *
N.L.C.S. (4-1): New York Mets * vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
1999
A.L.C.S. (4-1): New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox *
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-2): Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets *
1998
A.L.C.S. (4-2): New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians
N.L.C.S. (4-2): San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves
1997
A.L.C.S. (4-2): Cleveland Indians vs. Baltimore Orioles
N.L.C.S. (4-2): Florida Marlins * vs. Atlanta Braves
1996
A.L.C.S. (4-1): New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles *
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-3): Atlanta Braves vs. St. Louis Cardinals
1995
A.L.C.S. (4-2): Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners
N.L.C.S. (4-0): Atlanta Braves vs. Cincinnati Reds
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
1994
No League Championship Series (Player Strike)
1993
A.L.C.S. (4-2): Toronto Blue Jays vs. Chicago White Sox
N.L.C.S. (4-2): Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
1992
A.L.C.S. (4-2): Toronto Blue Jays vs. Oakland Athletics
N.L.C.S. (4-3): Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
1991
A.L.C.S. (4-1): Minnesota Twins vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-3): Atlanta Braves vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
1990
A.L.C.S. (4-0): Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-2): Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
1989
A.L.C.S. (4-1): Oakland Athletics vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-1): San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
1988
A.L.C.S. (4-0): Oakland Athletics vs. Boston Red Sox
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-3): Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Mets
1987
A.L.C.S. (4-1): Minnesota Twins vs. Detroit Tigers
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5 | Game 6 | Game 7
N.L.C.S. (4-3): St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants
1986
A.L.C.S. (4-3): Boston Red Sox vs. California Angels
N.L.C.S. (4-2): New York Mets vs. Houston Astros
1985
A.L.C.S. (4-3): Kansas City Royals vs. Toronto Blue Jays
N.L.C.S. (4-2): St. Louis Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

League Championship Series
1984 - 1969 | Best of 5

A.L.C.S. & N.L.C.S.

1984
A.L.C.S. (3-0): Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
N.L.C.S. (3-2): San Diego Padres vs. Chicago Cubs
1983
A.L.C.S. (3-1): Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox
N.L.C.S. (3-1): Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
1982
A.L.C.S. (3-2): Milwaukee Brewers vs. California Angels
N.L.C.S. (3-0): St. Louis Cardinals vs. Atlanta Braves
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
1981
A.L.C.S. (3-0): New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
N.L.C.S. (3-2): Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Montreal Expos
1980
A.L.C.S. (3-0): Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
N.L.C.S. (3-2): Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros
1979
A.L.C.S. (3-1): Baltimore Orioles vs. California Angels
N.L.C.S. (3-0): Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
1978
A.L.C.S. (3-1): New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals
N.L.C.S. (3-1): Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies
1977
A.L.C.S. (3-2): New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals
N.L.C.S. (3-1): Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies
1976
A.L.C.S. (3-2): New York Yankees vs. Kansas City Royals
N.L.C.S. (3-0): Cincinnati Reds vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
1975
A.L.C.S. (3-0): Boston Red Sox vs. Oakland Athletics
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
N.L.C.S. (3-0): Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
1974
A.L.C.S. (3-1): Oakland Athletics vs. Baltimore Orioles
N.L.C.S. (3-1): Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
1973
N.L.C.S. (3-2): New York Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds
1972
1971
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
1970
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
1969
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
N.L.C.S. (3-0): New York Mets vs. Atlanta Braves
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4 | Game 5
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Did you know that the L.C.S. was originally a best of five format? Did you know that the 1996 Baltimore Orioles were the first wild card team to play in the A.L.C.S. and the 1997 Florida Marlins were the first wild card team to play in the N.L.C.S.?

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