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Monday Night Baseball (1976–1988)

TV Series | Sport

In 1976, ABC Sports took over Monday Night Baseball from rival NBC. The schedule usually consisted of about eighteen telecasts, usually with two games airing simultaneously on a regional basis. Like Monday Night Football, they had a ...See moreIn 1976, ABC Sports took over Monday Night Baseball from rival NBC. The schedule usually consisted of about eighteen telecasts, usually with two games airing simultaneously on a regional basis. Like Monday Night Football, they had a three-man booth. The original main booth consisted of Bob Prince, Bob Uecker, and Warner Wolf. However, Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell, and guest analyst Reggie Jackson replaced them for the 1976 ALCS. Wolf joined then Cincinnati Reds announcer Al Michaels and guest analyst Tom Seaver for the NLCS. ABC alternated with NBC coverage of the All Star Game, League Championship Series, and World Series. In even numbered years, ABC televised the All Star Game and the two League Championship Series; in odd numbered years, the World Series. Memorable post season moments on ABC included Chris Chambliss' pennant-clinching home run in 1976, Reggie Jackson's three-home run game in the 1977 World Series, the Red Sox' miracle comeback in the 1986 ALCS, and the earthquake Series of 1989. By 1983, it finally occurred to ABC that Keith Jackson was... a football announcer, and Michaels was given the primary announcer reins. In 1985, ABC had finally had enough of Cosell and settled upon the team of Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, and Tim McCarver. This would be the primary crew for the remainder of ABC's contract. By 1986, ABC only televised thirteen regular season games. Monday Night Baseball's run came to an end after 1988. For the 1989 season (the last before ABC and NBC lost baseball to CBS), ABC switched to Thursday nights. Michaels said that losing baseball was "tough to accept." In 1994, ABC and NBC would embark in an ill-fated partnership with Major League Baseball: The Baseball Network. TBN called for games to be aired regionally on Friday and Saturday nights under the banner, "Baseball Night in America." After the 1994 players' strike nixed these plans, TBN was brought to an abrupt end. In an awkward arrangement, ABC and NBC split coverage of the 1995 World Series (ABC televised Games 1, 4, & 5, NBC 2, 3, & 6). To date, this was the last time ABC televised Major League Baseball. Written by Dave Sullivan See less
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Frank Duffy
Self - Boston Red Sox Third Baseman / Self - Cleveland Indians Shortstop Self - Boston Red Sox Third Baseman / Self - Cleveland Indians Shortstop   See fewer
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Dwight Evans
Self - Boston Red Sox First Baseman / Self - Boston Red Sox Right Fielder Self - Boston Red Sox First Baseman / Self - Boston Red Sox Right Fielder   See fewer
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Jim Rice
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Alan Ashby
Self - Cleveland Indians Catcher Self - Cleveland Indians Catcher   See fewer
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Sal Bando
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Don Baylor
Self - Oakland Athletics First Baseman Self - Oakland Athletics First Baseman   See fewer
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Buddy Bell
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Dick Bosman
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Tom Buskey
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Bert Campaneris
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Rico Carty
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Lou DiMuro
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Dennis Eckersley
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Rollie Fingers
Self - Oakland Athletics Pitcher Self - Oakland Athletics Pitcher   See fewer
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Rich Garcia
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Phil Garner
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Larry Haney
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George Hendrick
Self - Cleveland Indians Left Fielder Self - Cleveland Indians Left Fielder   See fewer
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Duane Kuiper
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Bill Kunkel
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Dave LaRoche
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Larry Lintz
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John Lowenstein
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Rick Manning
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Ken McMullen
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Mike Norris
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Billy North
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Dave Phillips
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Frank Robinson
Self - Cleveland Indians Manager Self - Cleveland Indians Manager   See fewer
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Joe Rudi
First Baseman / Self - Oakland Athletics Left Fielder First Baseman / Self - Oakland Athletics Left Fielder   See fewer
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Charlie Spikes
Self - Cleveland Indians Right Fielder Self - Cleveland Indians Right Fielder   See fewer
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Chuck Tanner
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Stan Thomas
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Jim Todd
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Cesar Tovar
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Claudell Washington
Self - Oakland Athletics Right Fielder Self - Oakland Athletics Right Fielder   See fewer
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Bob Bailey
Self - Boston Red Sox Pinch Hitter Self - Boston Red Sox Pinch Hitter   See fewer
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Rick Burleson
Self - Boston Red Sox Shortstop Self - Boston Red Sox Shortstop   See fewer
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Bernie Carbo
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Al Cowens
Self - Kansas City Royals Right Fielder Self - Kansas City Royals Right Fielder   See fewer
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Carlton Fisk
Self - Boston Red Sox Catcher Self - Boston Red Sox Catcher   See fewer
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Whitey Herzog
Self - Kansas City Royals Manager Self - Kansas City Royals Manager   See fewer
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Butch Hobson
Self - Boston Red Sox Third Baseman Self - Boston Red Sox Third Baseman   See fewer
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Al Hrabosky
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Clint Hurdle
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Pete LaCock
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Joe Lahoud
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Dennis Leonard
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Fred Lynn
Self - Boston Red Sox Center Fielder Self - Boston Red Sox Center Fielder   See fewer
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Hal McRae
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Amos Otis
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Freddie Patek
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Tom Poquette
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Darrell Porter
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Jerry Remy
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Bob Stanley
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Jerry Terrell
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Luis Tiant
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Frank White
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Carl Yastrzemski
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Don Zimmer
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Brady Anderson
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Marty Barrett
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Wade Boggs
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Glenn Braggs
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Greg Brock
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Ellis Burks
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Rick Cerone
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Mark Clear
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Chuck Crim
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Rob Deer
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Jim Gantner
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Mike Greenwell
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Bruce Hurst
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Odell Jones
Self - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Self - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher   See fewer
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John McNamara
Self - Boston Red Sox Manager Self - Boston Red Sox Manager   See fewer
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Joey Meyer
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Paul Molitor
Self - Milwaukee Brewers Third Baseman Self - Milwaukee Brewers Third Baseman   See fewer
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Spike Owen
Self - Boston Red Sox Shortstop Self - Boston Red Sox Shortstop   See fewer
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Dan Plesac
Self - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Self - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher   See fewer
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Bill Schroeder
Self - Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Self - Milwaukee Brewers Catcher   See fewer
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Dale Sveum
Self - Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop Self - Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop   See fewer
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Tom Trebelhorn
Self - Milwaukee Brewers Manager Self - Milwaukee Brewers Manager   See fewer
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Bill Wegman
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Robin Yount
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Al Michaels
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Keith Jackson
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Howard Cosell
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Bob Uecker
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Bill White
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Bob Gibson
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Warner Wolf
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Bob Prince
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Norm Cash
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Jim Lampley
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Don Drysdale
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Lou Brock
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Steve Stone
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Earl Weaver
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Jim Palmer
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Tim McCarver
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