Baseball Teams with the Most American League Championship Series (ALCS) Wins
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.
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|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|
|1999*||Boston Red Sox||4-1|
|2003||Boston Red Sox||4-3|
|2009*||Los Angeles Angels||4-2|
|2.||Oakland A’s||6||1972*||Detroit Tigers||3-2|
|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|
|1983*||Chicago White Sox||3-1|
|3.||Boston Red Sox||5||1975||Oakland A’s||3-0|
|2004*||New York Yankees||4-3|
|5.||Detroit Tigers||3||1984*||Kansas City Royals||3-0|
|2012||New York Yankees||4-0|
|6.||Cleveland Indians||2||1995||Seattle Mariners||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|
|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|
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