Baseball Teams with the Most American League Championship Series (ALCS) Wins

The Kansas City Royals And Baltimore Orioles Are Looking To Reach The World Series After A Long Absence

The Kansas City Royals And Baltimore Orioles Are Looking To Reach The World Series After A Long Absence

Winning the pennant has sure gotten harder over the years. In the beginning, if your team won its league (National or American), it won the pennant and went on to the World Series. This went on until 1969, when the NL and AL were divided into East and West.

Now a series was needed – the NL or AL Championship Series (NLCS and ALCS) – to determine which division winner (East or West) earned the pennant and the right to the World Series. These series were best-of-5 until 1985 when they went to a best-of-7.

In 1995, wild cards were introduced and another round of playoffs (the LDS or League Division Series) had to be hurdled to get to the Fall Classic.

Then, in 2012, a one-game play-in between the two wild cards in both leagues was introduced.

But the good ol’ ALCS and NLCS continue to determine the pennant winners to this day.

And here are all those winners (ALCS today, NLCS tomorrow), sorted by teams with the most NL or AL titles.

Did they win the World Series that year? They did if there’s an asterisk.

  ALCS WINNER # SEASON ALCS LOSER SERIES
1. New York Yankees 11 1976 Kansas City Royals 3-2
      1977* Kansas City Royals 3-2
      1978* Kansas City Royals 3-1
      1981 Oakland A’s 3-0
      1996* Baltimore Orioles 4-1
      1998* Cleveland Indians 4-2
      1999* Boston Red Sox 4-1
      2000* Seattle Mariners 4-2
      2001 Seattle Mariners 4-1
      2003 Boston Red Sox 4-3
      2009* Los Angeles Angels 4-2
           
2. Oakland A’s 6 1972* Detroit Tigers 3-2
      1973* Baltimore Orioles 3-2
      1974* Baltimore Orioles 3-1
      1988 Boston Red Sox 4-0
      1989* Toronto Blue Jays 4-1
      1990 Boston Red Sox 4-0
           
3. Baltimore Orioles 5 1969 Minnesota Twins 3-0
      1970* Minnesota Twins 3-0
      1971 Oakland A’s 3-0
      1979 California Angels 3-1
      1983* Chicago White Sox 3-1
           
3. Boston Red Sox 5 1975 Oakland A’s 3-0
      1986 California Angels 4-3
      2004* New York Yankees 4-3
      2007* Cleveland Indians 4-3
      2013* Detroit Tigers 4-2
           
5. Detroit Tigers 3 1984* Kansas City Royals 3-0
      2006 Oakland A’s 4-0
      2012 New York Yankees 4-0
           
6. Cleveland Indians 2 1995 Seattle Mariners 4-2
      1997 Baltimore Orioles 4-2
           
6. Kansas City Royals 2 1980 New York Yankees 3-0
      1985* Toronto Blue Jays 4-3
           
6. Minnesota Twins 2 1987* Detroit Tigers 4-1
      1991* Toronto Blue Jays 4-1
           
6. Texas Rangers 2 2010 New York Yankees 4-2
      2011 Detroit Tigers 4-2
           
6. Toronto Blue Jays 2 1992* Oakland A’s 4-2
      1993* Chicago White Sox 4-2
           
11. Anaheim Angels 1 2002* Minnesota Twins 4-1
11. Chicago White Sox 1 2005* Los Angeles Angels 4-1
11. Milwaukee Brewers 1 1982 California Angels 3-2
11. Tampa Bay Rays 1 2008 Boston Red Sox 4-3
           
15. Houston Astros 0      
15. Seattle Mariners 0

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