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American League Championship Series
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American League Championship Series

In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS) determines who wins the American League pennant and advances to 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 advanced 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.

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

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

ALCS results (1969-present)

YearWinnerLoserWinsLossesSeries MVP
1969 Baltimore OriolesMinnesota Twins 30 
1970 Baltimore OriolesMinnesota Twins 30 
1971 Baltimore OriolesOakland Athletics 30 
1972 Oakland AthleticsDetroit Tigers 32 
1973 Oakland AthleticsBaltimore Orioles 32 
1974 Oakland AthleticsBaltimore Orioles 31 
1975 Boston Red SoxOakland Athletics 30 
1976 New York YankeesKansas City Royals 32 
1977 New York YankeesKansas City Royals 32 
1978 New York YankeesKansas City Royals 31 
1979 Baltimore OriolesCalifornia Angels 31 
1980 Kansas City RoyalsNew York Yankees 30Frank White, Kansas City
1981 New York YankeesOakland Athletics 30Graig Nettles, New York
1982 Milwaukee BrewersCalifornia Angels 32Fred Lynn, Milwaukee
1983 Baltimore OriolesChicago White Sox 31Mike Boddicker, Baltimore
1984 Detroit TigersKansas City Royals 30Kirk Gibson, Detroit
1985 Kansas City RoyalsToronto Blue Jays 43George Brett, Kansas City
1986 Boston Red SoxCalifornia Angels 43Marty Barrett, Red Sox
1987 Minnesota TwinsDetroit Tigers 41Gary Gaetti, Minnesota
1988 Oakland AthleticsBoston Red Sox 40Dennis Eckersley, Oakland
1989 Oakland AthleticsToronto Blue Jays 41Rickey Henderson, Oakland
1990 Oakland AthleticsBoston Red Sox 40Dave Stewart, Oakland
1991 Minnesota TwinsToronto Blue Jays 41Kirby Puckett, Minnesota
1992 Toronto Blue JaysOakland Athletics 42Roberto Alomar, Toronto
1993 Toronto Blue JaysChicago White Sox 42Dave Stewart, Toronto
1994Not held due to player strike.
1995 Cleveland IndiansSeattle Mariners 42Orel Hershiser, Cleveland
1996 New York YankeesBaltimore Orioles 41Bernie Williams, New York
1997 Cleveland IndiansBaltimore Orioles 42Marquis Grissom, Cleveland
1998 New York YankeesCleveland Indians 42David Wells, New York
1999 New York YankeesBoston Red Sox 41Orlando Hernandez, New York
2000 New York YankeesSeattle Mariners 42David Justice, New York
2001 New York YankeesSeattle Mariners 41Andy Pettitte, New York
2002 Anaheim AngelsMinnesota Twins 41Adam Kennedy, Anaheim
2003 New York YankeesBoston Red Sox 43Mariano Rivera, New York
Denotes wild-card team (since 1995).

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