American League Championship Series

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In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS) determines who wins the American League pennant and advances to face the winner of the National League Championship Series in baseball's championship, the World Series. It began in 1969, when the American League was reorganized into two divisions, East and West. The winners of each division played each other in a best-of-five series to determine who would advance to the World Series. In 1985, the format changed to best-of-seven.

In 1994, the league was restructured into three divisions, with the three division winners and a wild-card team advancing to a best-of-five playoff round, known as the American League Division Series or ALDS. The winners of that round then advanced to the best-of-seven ALCS. This is the system currently in use.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Texas Rangers are the only American League teams to never appear in an ALCS. The other 12 teams and the Milwaukee Brewers (members of the AL from 1969-1997) have each appeared at least once.

A Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is given to the outstanding player in the ALCS. No MVP award is given for Division Series play.

For American League pennant winners prior to 1969, see American League pennant winners 1901-68.

ALCS results (1969-present)

Click the link on the far left for detailed information on that series.

Year Winner Loser Record Series MVP
1969 Baltimore Orioles Minnesota Twins 3-0  
1970 Baltimore Orioles Minnesota Twins 3-0  
1971 Baltimore Orioles Oakland Athletics 3-0  
1972 Oakland Athletics Detroit Tigers 3-2  
1973 Oakland Athletics Baltimore Orioles 3-2  
1974 Oakland Athletics Baltimore Orioles 3-1  
1975 Boston Red Sox Oakland Athletics 3-0  
1976 New York Yankees Kansas City Royals 3-2  
1977 New York Yankees Kansas City Royals 3-2  
1978 New York Yankees Kansas City Royals 3-1  
1979 Baltimore Orioles California Angels 3-1  
1980 Kansas City Royals New York Yankees 3-0 Frank White, Kansas City
1981 New York Yankees Oakland Athletics 3-0 Graig Nettles, New York
1982 Milwaukee Brewers California Angels 3-2 Fred Lynn, California
1983 Baltimore Orioles Chicago White Sox 3-1 Mike Boddicker, Baltimore
1984 Detroit Tigers Kansas City Royals 3-0 Kirk Gibson, Detroit
1985 Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 George Brett, Kansas City
1986 Boston Red Sox California Angels 4-3 Marty Barrett, Boston
1987 Minnesota Twins Detroit Tigers 4-1 Gary Gaetti, Minnesota
1988 Oakland Athletics Boston Red Sox 4-0 Dennis Eckersley, Oakland
1989 Oakland Athletics Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Rickey Henderson, Oakland
1990 Oakland Athletics Boston Red Sox 4-0 Dave Stewart, Oakland
1991 Minnesota Twins Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Kirby Puckett, Minnesota
1992 Toronto Blue Jays Oakland Athletics 4-2 Roberto Alomar, Toronto
1993 Toronto Blue Jays Chicago White Sox 4-2 Dave Stewart, Toronto
1994 Not held due to player strike.
1995 Cleveland Indians Seattle Mariners 4-2 Orel Hershiser, Cleveland
1996 New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Bernie Williams, New York
1997 Cleveland Indians Baltimore Orioles 4-2 Marquis Grissom, Cleveland
1998 New York Yankees Cleveland Indians 4-2 David Wells, New York
1999 New York Yankees Boston Red Sox 4-1 Orlando Hernandez, New York
2000 New York Yankees Seattle Mariners 4-2 David Justice, New York
2001 New York Yankees Seattle Mariners 4-1 Andy Pettitte, New York
2002 Anaheim Angels Minnesota Twins 4-1 Adam Kennedy, Anaheim
2003 New York Yankees Boston Red Sox 4-3 Mariano Rivera, New York
2004 Boston Red Sox New York Yankees 4-3 David Ortiz, Boston
2005 Chicago White Sox Los Angeles Angels 4-1 Paul Konerko, Chicago

Denotes wild-card team (since 1995).

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