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The National League Championship Series began in 1969, when the National 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 1981 a divisional series was held due to split-season caused by strike action.

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, the /National League Divisional Series (NLDS). The winners of that round then advance to the best-of-seven NLCS. This is the system currently in use.

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

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

YearWinnerLoserWinsLossesSeries MVP
1969New York MetsAtlanta Braves30
1970Cincinnati RedsPittsburgh Pirates30
1971Pittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco Giants31
1972Cincinnati RedsPittsburgh Pirates32
1973New York MetsCincinnati Reds 32
1974Los Angeles DodgersPittsburgh Pirates 31
1975Cincinnati RedsPittsburgh Pirates30
1976Cincinnati RedsPhiladelphia Phillies30
1977Los Angeles DodgersPhiladelphia Phillies31 Dusty Baker, Los Angeles
1978Los Angeles DodgersPhiladelphia Phillies31 Steve Garvey, Los Angeles
1979Pittsburgh PiratesCincinnati Reds30 Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh
1980Philadelphia PhilliesHouston Astros32Manny Trillo, Philadelphia
1981Los Angeles DodgersMontreal Expos32Burt Hooton, Los Angeles
1982St. Louis CardinalsAtlanta Braves30 Darrell Porter, St. Louis
1983Philadelphia PhilliesLos Angeles Dodgers31Garry Matthews, Philadelphia
1984San Diego PadresChicago Cubs32Steve Garvey, San Diego
1985St. Louis CardinalsLos Angeles Dodgers42Ozzie Smith, St. Louis
1986New York MetsHouston Astros42Mike Scott, New York
1987St. Louis CardinalsSan Francisco Giants4 3Jeff Leonard, St. Louis
1988Los Angeles DodgersNew York Mets43Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles
1989San Francisco GiantsChicago Cubs4 1Will Clark, San Francisco
1990Cincinnati RedsPittsburgh Pirates42Rob Dibble and Randy Myers, Cincinnati
1991Atlanta BravesPittsburgh Pirates43Steve Avery, Atlanta
1992Atlanta BravesPittsburgh Pirates43John Smoltz, Atlanta
1993Philadelphia PhilliesAtlanta Braves42 Curt Schilling, Philadelphia
1994Not held due to player strike
1995 Atlanta BravesCincinnati Reds40 Mike Devereaux, Atlanta
1996 Atlanta BravesSt Louis Cardinals43 Javy Lopez, Atlanta
1997 Florida MarlinsAtlanta Braves42 Livan Hernandez, Florida
1998 San Diego PadresAtlanta Braves42 Sterling Hitchcock, San Diego
1999 Atlanta BravesNew York Mets42 Eddie Perez, Atlanta
2000 New York MetsSt Louis Cardinals41 Mike Hampton, New York
2001 Arizona DiamondbacksAtlanta Braves41 Craig Counsell, Arizona