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.
|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, Milwaukee|
|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, Red Sox|
|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||0||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|