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The American League Championship Series began in 1969, when the American League was reorganized into two division, East and West. The winners of each division played each other in a best-of-five series to determine who 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 Divisional 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 award is given to the outstanding player in the ALCS. No MVP award is given for divisional series play.

See also Baseball/National League Championship Series, Baseball/World Series, Baseball/Major leagues.

YearWinnerLoserWinsLossesSeries MVP
1969 Baltimore OriolesMinnesota Twins30
1970 Baltimore OriolesMinnesota Twins30
1971 Baltimore OriolesOakland Athletics30
1972 Oakland AthleticsDetroit Tigers32
1973 Oakland AthleticsBaltimore Orioles32
1974 Oakland AthleticsBaltimore Orioles31
1975 Boston Red SoxOakland Athletics30
1976 New York YankeesKansas City Royals32
1977 New York YankeesKansas City Royals32
1978 New York YankeesKansas City Royals31
1979 Baltimore OriolesCalifornia Angels31
1980 Kansas City RoyalsNew York Yankees30 Frank White, Kansas City
1981 New York YankeesOakland Athletics30 Graig Nettles, New York
1982 Milwaukee BrewersCalifornia Angels32 Fred Lynn, Milwaukee
1983 Baltimore OriolesChicago White Sox31 Mike Boddicker, Baltimore
1984 Detroit TigersKansas City Royals30 Kirk Gibson, Detroit
1985 Kansas City RoyalsToronto Blue Jays43 George Brett, Kansas City
1986 Boston Red SoxCalifornia Angels43 Marty Barrett, Red Sox
1987 Minnesota TwinsDetroit Tigers41 Gary Gaetti, Minnesota
1988 Oakland AthleticsBoston Red Sox40 Dennis Eckersley, Oakland
1989 Oakland AthleticsToronto Blue Jays41 Rickey Henderson, Oakland
1990 Oakland AthleticsBoston Red Sox40 Dave Stewart, Oakland
1991 Minnesota TwinsToronto Blue Jays41 Kirby Puckett, Minnesota
1992 Toronto Blue JaysOakland Athletics42 Roberto Alomar, Toronto
1993 Toronto Blue JaysChicago White Sox42 Dave Stewart, Toronto
1994Not held due to player strike
1995 Cleveland IndiansSeattle Mariners42Orel Hershiser, Cleveland
1996 New York YankeesBaltimore Orioles41Bernie Williams, New York
1997 Cleveland IndiansBaltimore Orioles42Marquis Grissom, Cleveland
1998 New York YankeesCleveland Indians42David Wells, New York
1999 New York YankeesBoston Red Sox40Orlando Hernandez, New York
2000 New York YankeesSeattle Mariners42David Justice, New York
2001 New York YankeesSeattle Mariners41Andy Pettitte, New York