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.
|1969||New York Mets||Atlanta Braves||3||0|
|1970||Cincinnati Reds||Pittsburgh Pirates||3||0|
|1971||Pittsburgh Pirates||San Francisco Giants||3||1|
|1972||Cincinnati Reds||Pittsburgh Pirates||3||2|
|1973||New York Mets||Cincinnati Reds ||3||2|
|1974||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pittsburgh Pirates ||3||1|
|1975||Cincinnati Reds||Pittsburgh Pirates||3||0|
|1976||Cincinnati Reds||Philadelphia Phillies||3||0 |
|1977||Los Angeles Dodgers||Philadelphia Phillies||3||1 ||Dusty Baker, Los Angeles|
|1978||Los Angeles Dodgers||Philadelphia Phillies||3||1 ||Steve Garvey, Los Angeles|
|1979||Pittsburgh Pirates||Cincinnati Reds||3||0 ||Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh|
|1980||Philadelphia Phillies||Houston Astros||3||2||Manny Trillo, Philadelphia|
|1981||Los Angeles Dodgers||Montreal Expos||3||2||Burt Hooton, Los Angeles |
|1982||St. Louis Cardinals||Atlanta Braves||3||0 ||Darrell Porter, St. Louis|
|1983||Philadelphia Phillies||Los Angeles Dodgers||3||1||Garry Matthews, Philadelphia|
|1984||San Diego Padres||Chicago Cubs||3||2||Steve Garvey, San Diego|
|1985||St. Louis Cardinals||Los Angeles Dodgers||4||2||Ozzie Smith, St. Louis|
|1986||New York Mets||Houston Astros||4||2||Mike Scott, New York|
|1987||St. Louis Cardinals||San Francisco Giants||4|| 3||Jeff Leonard, St. Louis|
|1988||Los Angeles Dodgers||New York Mets||4||3||Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles|
|1989||San Francisco Giants||Chicago Cubs||4|| 1||Will Clark, San Francisco|
|1990||Cincinnati Reds||Pittsburgh Pirates||4||2||Rob Dibble and Randy Myers, Cincinnati|
|1991||Atlanta Braves||Pittsburgh Pirates||4||3||Steve Avery, Atlanta|
|1992||Atlanta Braves||Pittsburgh Pirates||4||3||John Smoltz, Atlanta|
|1993||Philadelphia Phillies||Atlanta Braves||4||2 ||Curt Schilling, Philadelphia|
|1994||Not held due to player strike|
|1995|| Atlanta Braves||Cincinnati Reds||4||0|| Mike Devereaux, Atlanta|
|1996|| Atlanta Braves||St Louis Cardinals||4||3|| Javy Lopez, Atlanta|
|1997|| Florida Marlins||Atlanta Braves||4||2|| Livan Hernandez, Florida|
|1998|| San Diego Padres||Atlanta Braves||4||2|| Sterling Hitchcock, San Diego|
|1999|| Atlanta Braves||New York Mets||4||2|| Eddie Perez, Atlanta|
|2000|| New York Mets||St Louis Cardinals||4||1|| Mike Hampton, New York|
|2001|| Arizona Diamondbacks||Atlanta Braves||4||1|| Craig Counsell, Arizona|