National League Championship Series

Billy Bean stands by the NLCS logo at Dodger Stadium in 2016

Best-of-seven playoff and one of two League Championship Series comprising the penultimate round of Major League Baseball's (MLB) postseason.

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Billy Bean stands by the NLCS logo at Dodger Stadium in 2016

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Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston

World Series

Annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, contested since 1903 between the champion teams of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Annual championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, contested since 1903 between the champion teams of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston
Christy Mathewson threw 3 complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series.
The 1919 Chicago White Sox team photo
Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off home run that decided the 1960 World Series
The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's drive near the wall in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
1968 World Series program and tickets for Games 4 and 5 at Tiger Stadium
Carlton Fisk, best known for his "waving fair" home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series
Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" by hitting three consecutive home runs in the clinching game six of the 1977 World Series
President Ronald Reagan with the 1988 World Series champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
In Game 6 of the 1991 World Series, Kirby Puckett made a memorable leaping catch in left field to rob an extra-base hit. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Puckett hit a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Fireworks in SkyDome after Joe Carter's 1993 World Series-winning home run
Game 1 of the 2008 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies (NL) and Tampa Bay Rays (AL) at Tropicana Field
In 2011, David Freese hit a game-tying two-run triple (with two outs) to send it into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Freese led off with a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Chicago Cubs celebrate their 2016 World Series victory, their first in 108 years
Game action in the 1906 Series in Chicago (the only all-Chicago World Series to date)
Bill Wambsganss completes his unassisted triple play in 1920
Washington's Bucky Harris scores his home run in the fourth inning of Game 7 (October 10, 1924)
The Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the 2016 World Series, which ended the club's 108-year championship drought.

Since then, each league has conducted a championship series (ALCS and NLCS) preceding the World Series to determine which teams will advance, while those series have in turn been preceded by division series (ALDS and NLDS) since 1995 and by wild card games in each league since 2012.

The Philadelphia Phillies won their second consecutive pennant in 2009 and lost to the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 NLCS.

List of National League pennant winners

Team that wins the championship—the pennant—of MLB's National League .

Team that wins the championship—the pennant—of MLB's National League .

The Philadelphia Phillies won their second consecutive pennant in 2009 and lost to the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 NLCS.
The Pittsburgh Pirates (back row) won the National League pennant in 1903, and played in the first modern World Series in baseball history.
The New York Giants won their first World Series appearance in 1905 after their owner refused to take part in the 1904 World Series.
The 2006 St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series after capturing the National League pennant.
In 2008, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Los Angeles Dodgers faced off in the National League championship series for the pennant; the Phillies won, four games to one.
The 19th century Baltimore Orioles team won three National League pennants, one of three defunct teams to have won the league.
The Detroit Wolverines won their only pennant in 1887, followed by a victory in the World's Championship Series.

The trophy is named for Warren Giles, the league president from 1951 to 1969, and is presented immediately after each NL Championship Series (NLCS) by Warren's son Bill Giles, the honorary league president and owner of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Madison Bumgarner, the 2014 National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, won both this award and the World Series MVP in the same season.

League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award

Given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) players deemed to have the most impact on their teams' performances in each of the two respective League Championship Series that comprise the penultimate round of the MLB postseason.

Given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) players deemed to have the most impact on their teams' performances in each of the two respective League Championship Series that comprise the penultimate round of the MLB postseason.

Madison Bumgarner, the 2014 National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, won both this award and the World Series MVP in the same season.
Yordan Álvarez (2021 ALCS MVP)
Randy Arozarena (2020 ALCS MVP)
José Altuve (2019 ALCS MVP)
Jackie Bradley Jr. (2018 ALCS MVP
Justin Verlander (2017 ALCS MVP)
Eddie Rosario (2021 NLCS MVP)
Corey Seager (2020 NLCS MVP)
Howie Kendrick (2019 NLCS MVP)
Cody Bellinger (2018 NLCS MVP)
Chris Taylor (2017 NLCS co-MVP)
Justin Turner (2017 NLCS co-MVP)

The award is given separately for a player in both the American League Championship Series and the National League Championship Series.

2005 National League Championship Series

Jeff Luhnow, an important figure in assembling the Cardinals’ and Astros’, rosters post-2005

The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS.

NLCS 2008 Game 3 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies played at Dodger Stadium

League Championship Series

Semifinal round of postseason play in Major League Baseball which has been conducted since 1969.

Semifinal round of postseason play in Major League Baseball which has been conducted since 1969.

NLCS 2008 Game 3 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies played at Dodger Stadium

The LCS comprises the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and National League Championship Series (NLCS).

The tournament has been completed until the semifinals, the winner of Lisa-Ernie match and Andrew-Robert match will play in the final.

Major League Baseball postseason

Elimination tournament held after the conclusion of the Major League Baseball regular season.

Elimination tournament held after the conclusion of the Major League Baseball regular season.

The tournament has been completed until the semifinals, the winner of Lisa-Ernie match and Andrew-Robert match will play in the final.

The winners of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and the National League Championship Series (NLCS) play each other in the best-of-seven World Series.

National League Division Series

In Major League Baseball, the National League Division Series (NLDS) determines which two teams from the National League will advance to the National League Championship Series.

NLCS 2008 Game 3 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies played at Dodger Stadium

American League Championship Series

Best-of-seven playoff and one of two League Championship Series comprising the penultimate round of Major League Baseball's (MLB) postseason.

Best-of-seven playoff and one of two League Championship Series comprising the penultimate round of Major League Baseball's (MLB) postseason.

NLCS 2008 Game 3 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies played at Dodger Stadium

The winner of the ALCS wins the AL pennant and advances to the World Series, MLB's championship series, to play the winner of the National League's (NL) Championship Series.

National League

Older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest extant professional team sports league.

Older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest extant professional team sports league.

Shea Stadium prior to the start of a New York Mets game in 2008. Shea had the best attendance in the National League that year, drawing over 53,000 fans per game on average.
Morgan Bulkeley, the first president of the National League

In 1969, as a result of its expansion to 12 teams, the National League—which for its first 93 years had competed equally in a single grouping—was reorganized into two divisions of six teams (respectively named the National League East and West, although geographically it was more like North and South), with the division champions meeting in the National League Championship Series (an additional round of postseason competition) for the right to advance to the World Series.

2019 American League Championship Series

Best-of-seven series between the two winners of the 2019 American League Division Series, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, for the American League pennant and the right to play in the 2019 World Series.

Best-of-seven series between the two winners of the 2019 American League Division Series, the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, for the American League pennant and the right to play in the 2019 World Series.

Gleyber Torres was 3-for-5 with 5 RBIs in Game 1.
Carlos Correa hit a walk-off home run in Game 2, tying the series at one game all.
Gerrit Cole pitched seven shutout innings in Game 3.
George Springer hit his second home run of the series in Game 4.
A three-run home run by Aaron Hicks provided the Yankees' winning margin in Game 5.
A walk-off home run by José Altuve in Game 6 sent the Astros to the World Series.
Gerrit Cole, a New York Yankees fan growing up, signed with them as a free agent

When they competed in the National League, Houston was 1–3 in NLCS appearances.