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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
Himself - Boston Red Sox Third Baseman / Himself - Cleveland Indians Shortstop Himself - Boston Red Sox Third Baseman / Himself - Cleveland Indians Shortstop   See fewer
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Dwight Evans
Himself - Boston Red Sox First Baseman / Himself - Boston Red Sox Right Fielder Himself - Boston Red Sox First Baseman / Himself - Boston Red Sox Right Fielder   See fewer
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2
Jim Rice
Himself - Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter / Himself - Boston Red Sox Left Fielder Himself - Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter / Himself - Boston Red Sox Left Fielder   See fewer
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2
Alan Ashby
Himself - Cleveland Indians Catcher Himself - Cleveland Indians Catcher   See fewer
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1
Sal Bando
Himself - Oakland Athletics Third Baseman Himself - Oakland Athletics Third Baseman   See fewer
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1
Don Baylor
Himself - Oakland Athletics First Baseman Himself - Oakland Athletics First Baseman   See fewer
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1
Buddy Bell
Himself - Cleveland Indians Third Baseman Himself - Cleveland Indians Third Baseman   See fewer
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1
Dick Bosman
Himself - Oakland Athletics Pitcher Himself - Oakland Athletics Pitcher   See fewer
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1
Tom Buskey
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher   See fewer
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Bert Campaneris
Himself - Oakland Athletics Shortstop Himself - Oakland Athletics Shortstop   See fewer
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Rico Carty
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Lou DiMuro
Himself - First Base Umpire Himself - First Base Umpire   See fewer
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Dennis Eckersley
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher   See fewer
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Rollie Fingers
Himself - Oakland Athletics Pitcher Himself - Oakland Athletics Pitcher   See fewer
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Rich Garcia
Himself - Homeplate Umpire Himself - Homeplate Umpire   See fewer
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Phil Garner
Himself - Oakland Athletics Second Baseman Himself - Oakland Athletics Second Baseman   See fewer
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Larry Haney
Himself - Oakland Athletics Catcher Himself - Oakland Athletics Catcher   See fewer
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George Hendrick
Himself - Cleveland Indians Left Fielder Himself - Cleveland Indians Left Fielder   See fewer
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Duane Kuiper
Himself - Cleveland Indians Second Baseman Himself - Cleveland Indians Second Baseman   See fewer
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Bill Kunkel
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Dave LaRoche
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher   See fewer
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Larry Lintz
Himself - Oakland Athletics Pinch Runner Himself - Oakland Athletics Pinch Runner   See fewer
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John Lowenstein
Himself - Cleveland Indians First Baseman Himself - Cleveland Indians First Baseman   See fewer
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Rick Manning
Himself - Cleveland Indians Center Fielder Himself - Cleveland Indians Center Fielder   See fewer
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Ken McMullen
Himself - Oakland Athletics Designated Hitter Himself - Oakland Athletics Designated Hitter   See fewer
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Mike Norris
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Billy North
Himself - Oakland Athletics Center Fielder Himself - Oakland Athletics Center Fielder   See fewer
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Dave Phillips
Himself - Third Base Umpire Himself - Third Base Umpire   See fewer
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Frank Robinson
Himself - Cleveland Indians Manager Himself - Cleveland Indians Manager   See fewer
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Joe Rudi
First Baseman / Himself - Oakland Athletics Left Fielder First Baseman / Himself - Oakland Athletics Left Fielder   See fewer
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Charlie Spikes
Himself - Cleveland Indians Right Fielder Himself - Cleveland Indians Right Fielder   See fewer
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Chuck Tanner
Himself - Oakland Athletics Manager Himself - Oakland Athletics Manager   See fewer
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Stan Thomas
Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher Himself - Cleveland Indians Pitcher   See fewer
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Jim Todd
Himself - Oakland Athletics Pitcher Himself - Oakland Athletics Pitcher   See fewer
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Cesar Tovar
Himself - Oakland Athletics Left Fielder Himself - Oakland Athletics Left Fielder   See fewer
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Claudell Washington
Himself - Oakland Athletics Right Fielder Himself - Oakland Athletics Right Fielder   See fewer
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Bob Bailey
Himself - Boston Red Sox Pinch Hitter Himself - Boston Red Sox Pinch Hitter   See fewer
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Rick Burleson
Himself - Boston Red Sox Shortstop Himself - Boston Red Sox Shortstop   See fewer
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Bernie Carbo
Himself - Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter Himself - Boston Red Sox Designated Hitter   See fewer
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Al Cowens
Himself - Kansas City Royals Right Fielder Himself - Kansas City Royals Right Fielder   See fewer
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Carlton Fisk
Himself - Boston Red Sox Catcher Himself - Boston Red Sox Catcher   See fewer
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Whitey Herzog
Himself - Kansas City Royals Manager Himself - Kansas City Royals Manager   See fewer
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Butch Hobson
Himself - Boston Red Sox Third Baseman Himself - Boston Red Sox Third Baseman   See fewer
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Al Hrabosky
Himself - Kansas City Royals Pitcher Himself - Kansas City Royals Pitcher   See fewer
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Clint Hurdle
Himself - Kansas City Royals First Baseman Himself - Kansas City Royals First Baseman   See fewer
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Pete LaCock
Himself - Kansas City Royals Pinch Hitter Himself - Kansas City Royals Pinch Hitter   See fewer
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Joe Lahoud
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Dennis Leonard
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Fred Lynn
Himself - Boston Red Sox Center Fielder Himself - 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
Himself - Boston Red Sox Second Baseman Himself - Boston Red Sox Second Baseman   See fewer
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Bob Stanley
Himself - Boston Red Sox Pitcher Himself - Boston Red Sox Pitcher   See fewer
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Jerry Terrell
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Luis Tiant
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Frank White
Himself - Kansas City Royals Second Baseman Himself - Kansas City Royals Second Baseman   See fewer
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Carl Yastrzemski
Himself - Boston Red Sox First Baseman Himself - Boston Red Sox First Baseman   See fewer
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Don Zimmer
Himself - Boston Red Sox Manager Himself - Boston Red Sox Manager   See fewer
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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
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher   See fewer
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Chuck Crim
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Rob Deer
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Left Fielder Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Left Fielder   See fewer
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Jim Gantner
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Mike Greenwell
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Bruce Hurst
Himself - Boston Red Sox Pitcher Himself - Boston Red Sox Pitcher   See fewer
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Odell Jones
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher   See fewer
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1
John McNamara
Himself - Boston Red Sox Manager Himself - Boston Red Sox Manager   See fewer
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Joey Meyer
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Designated Hitter Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Designated Hitter   See fewer
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1
Paul Molitor
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Third Baseman Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Third Baseman   See fewer
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Spike Owen
Himself - Boston Red Sox Shortstop Himself - Boston Red Sox Shortstop   See fewer
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Dan Plesac
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher   See fewer
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1
Bill Schroeder
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Catcher Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Catcher   See fewer
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Dale Sveum
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Shortstop   See fewer
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Tom Trebelhorn
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Manager Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Manager   See fewer
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Bill Wegman
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Pitcher   See fewer
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Robin Yount
Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Center Fielder Himself - Milwaukee Brewers Center Fielder   See fewer
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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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