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List of Little League World Series Championship Game broadcasters

1950sEdit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
1953[1][2] CBS Jim McKay

1960sEdit

1970sEdit

1980sEdit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
1980[10][11] ABC Al Michaels Don Drysdale and Willie Stargell Howard Cosell
1981 ABC Jim McKay Davey Lopes Bill Russell
1982 ABC Jim McKay Steve Stone Frank Gifford
1983[12][13] ABC Keith Jackson Earl Weaver Al Michaels
1984 ABC Curt Gowdy Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver O. J. Simpson
1985[14] ABC Jim McKay Jim Palmer Curt Gowdy
1986 ABC Al Trautwig Johnny Bench Lynn Swann
1987[15] ABC Al Trautwig Jim Palmer Cheryl Miller and Becky Dixon
1988 ABC Al Trautwig Jim Palmer Reggie Jackson and Lynn Swann
1989[16] ABC Al Trautwig Jim Palmer Mike Adamle

NotesEdit

  • At first, only the World Championship Game was televised under the Wide World of Sports[17] anthology umbrella on ABC. Since the late 1980s, when the tournament was reorganized, both the U.S. and international championships, the "semifinals," have been shown.
    • ESPN first began covering the games in 1982. With the expansion of ESPN's brand and its family of networks, the total number of games has significantly increased. In 2000, a total of 12 games were televised by ESPN. In addition, the popularity of the game increased the total number of teams from 8 to 16 and ESPN covered all eight U.S. regional championships in 2001 (something they still do today). This was as a result of a second stadium, Volunteer Stadium, which allowed games to take place simultaneously. Also that year, ABC began televising the U.S. Championship Game. That year, ESPN aired a total of 25 games. In 2003, ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 carried a total of 35 games including regional championships.[18][19] All games aired on any ESPN network are also available via Internet streaming on ESPN3.
  • 1985 - ABC carries the Little League World Series championship game live for the first time on Wide World of Sports. For the first time in baseball history, the home plate umpire wears a miniature camera on his mask.

1990sEdit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
1990 ABC Al Trautwig Jim Palmer Mike Adamle
1991 ABC Brent Musburger Jim Palmer Julie Moran
1992[20][21][22][23][24][25] ABC Brent Musburger Jim Palmer Julie Moran
1993[26][27][28][29][30][31][32] ABC John Saunders Jim Palmer Julie Moran and Maria Sansone
1994[33] ABC John Saunders Jim Palmer Maria Sansone
1995 ABC Terry Gannon Jimmy Key Maria Sansone
1996 ABC Terry Gannon Kirby Puckett Dan Patrick
1997[34][35] ABC Brent Musburger Jim Palmer Jimmy Roberts
1998[36][37] ABC Brent Musburger Jim Palmer Jack Arute
1999 ABC Terry Gannon Harold Reynolds Dave Ryan

NotesEdit

  • 1994 - A three-hour rain delay forced Wide World of Sports to go off the air on many ABC affiliates before the game could be completed. The West Coast however, got to see the remainder of the game live from Williamsport, Pa.
  • 1997 - For the first time, U.S. Regional championship games in Little League Baseball are televised nationally on ESPN2.

2000sEdit

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Sideline reporters
2000 ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds and Orel Hershiser Dave Ryan
2001[38] ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds and Orel Hershiser Dave Ryan and Álvaro Martín
2002[39][40][41][42][43] ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds and Tony Gwynn Todd Harris
2003 ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds Sam Ryan
2004 ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds and Buck Martinez Sam Ryan and Dave Ryan
2005[44][45][46][47][48][49] ABC Brent Musburger Harold Reynolds Sam Ryan
2006 ESPN2 Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser and Joe Morgan Erin Andrews and Orestes Destrade
2007[50][51] ABC Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser and Dusty Baker Erin Andrews and Orestes Destrade
2008[52] ABC Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser Stacey Dales, Pedro Gomez, and Orestes Destrade
2009 ABC Brent Musburger Orel Hershiser Moises Arias and Orestes Destrade

NotesEdit

  • 2002 - Both the U.S. Championship and World Championship Games were televised live during prime time for the first time (6:30 ET). The World Championship Game was aired on tape delay on the West Coast.
  • In 2006, 28 of the 36 games were televised on ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC.
    • 2006 - The World Championship Game was initially supposed to air on ABC. However, a rain delay caused the game to be postponed until following day (Monday, August 28, 2006). As a result, the Championship Game instead, aired on ESPN2.
  • In January 2007, it was announced that ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC had extended their contract with the Little League organization through 2014.[53]

2010sEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1953 Little League World Series -- CBS newsreel on YouTube
  2. ^ 1953 - The Little League World Series is televised for the first time, by CBS, with rookie announcer Jim McKay behind the mike.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ The World Series final is broadcast live on television – ABC's first. Archived 2009-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 1963 - ABC and its Wide World of Sports program televises the Little League World Series championship game for the first time, with Chris Schenkel calling the play-by-play. Archived 2009-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 1965 Little League World Series Final Game on YouTube
  6. ^ The game is broadcast in color for the first time on ABC Wide World of Sports. Archived 2009-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Baseball great Ted Williams is an announcer for ABC. Archived 2009-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Little League World Series - Santa Clara Briarwood 1969 on YouTube
  9. ^ LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES 1979 on YouTube
  10. ^ 1980 LLWS-(World Title Game)-Florida vs. Taiwan-(Part 1) on YouTube
  11. ^ 1980 LLWS-(World Title Game)-Florida vs. Taiwan-(Part 2)/ 1998 LLWS-New Jersey vs. Japan-(Part 1) on YouTube
  12. ^ 1983 Little League World Series Highlights of East Marietta Georgia Winning The Final Game! on YouTube
  13. ^ 1983 Little League World Champs! on YouTube
  14. ^ For the first time, ABC-TV carries the Little League World Series championship game live on Wide World of Sports. ... For the first time in baseball history, ABC mounts a micro-miniature camera on the mask of the home plate umpire, Frank Rizzo. Archived 2009-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ 1987/08/25 - 40th Annual Little League World Series, Hualien Little League v Northwood Little League on YouTube
  16. ^ 1989 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game - Chinese Taipei v Trumbull on YouTube
  17. ^ Little League World Series Was Longest-Running Event on ‘ABC’s Wide World of Sports’[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "ESPN.com - Little League World Series coverage". sports.espn.go.com. Archived from the original on 2012-11-07.
  19. ^ Wise, Mike (18 August 2003). "BASEBALL; Little League Innocence Fades in TV Glare". Archived from the original on 29 December 2017 – via NYTimes.com.
  20. ^ 1992 LLWS - American Championship on YouTube
  21. ^ Philippines vs Long Beach Little League 1 on YouTube
  22. ^ Philippines vs Long Beach Little League 2 on YouTube
  23. ^ Philippines vs Long Beach Little League 3 on YouTube
  24. ^ Philippines vs Long Beach 1992 part 4 on YouTube
  25. ^ Phil vs Long Beach 1992 prt6 on YouTube
  26. ^ Little League World Series 1993 Long Beach vs Panama # 1 LB Back to Back on YouTube
  27. ^ Little League World Series 1993 US Champ # 1 Long Beach dominates on YouTube
  28. ^ 1993 Little League World Series # 2 Back to Back Long Beach on YouTube
  29. ^ Little League World Series 1993 Part 4 Long Beach Back to Back on YouTube
  30. ^ Little League World Series 1993 # 5 Back to Back Long Beach on YouTube
  31. ^ Little League World Series 1993 US Championship LONG BEACH # 3 on YouTube
  32. ^ Little League World Series 1993 US Championship LONG BEACH # 2 on YouTube
  33. ^ Northridge Little league Champs 1994 on YouTube
  34. ^ For the first time, U.S. Regional championship games in Little League Baseball are televised nationally on ESPN2. Archived 2009-04-10 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ México Campeón-Juego Final Serie Mundial Ligas Pequeñas 1997 on YouTube
  36. ^ Todd Frazier Begins & Ends the 1998 Little League World Series on YouTube
  37. ^ Todd Frazier's Famous 1998 LLWS Leadoff Home Run on YouTube
  38. ^ ABC Sports Little League World Series (2001) on YouTube
  39. ^ 2002 LLWS (U.S Title Game)- Massachusetts vs Kentucky on YouTube
  40. ^ 2002 little league world series championship game final part on YouTube
  41. ^ 2002 little league world series championship game part 2 on YouTube
  42. ^ 2002 Little League World Series Final Game Higlights on YouTube
  43. ^ 2002 little league world series championship game part 1 on YouTube
  44. ^ 2005 LLWS Championship: Comeback - Part 1 on YouTube
  45. ^ 2005 LLWS Championship: Ewa Beach Walk-Off Homerun on YouTube
  46. ^ 2005 LLWS Championship: Comeback - Part 2 on YouTube
  47. ^ 2005 LLWS Championship: Vonn Fe'ao - Linebacker on the Mound on YouTube
  48. ^ 2005 LLWS Northwest Intro (Ewa Beach, Hawai'i) on YouTube
  49. ^ RBV LL (2), 2005 on YouTube
  50. ^ Dodgers Cody Bellinger in 2007 Little League World Series on YouTube
  51. ^ Dalton Carriker Walk Off Home Run - 2007 LLWS WC Japan vs Georgia on YouTube
  52. ^ ESPN: 2008 LLWS Championship - West vs. Mexico on YouTube
  53. ^ "Page Not Found - Los Angeles Times". latimes.com. Archived from the original on 1996-12-21.
  54. ^ 2011 LLWS Championship Game (6th inning) on YouTube
  55. ^ 2011 LLWS US vs Japan on YouTube
  56. ^ 2011 Little League World Series US Championship on YouTube
  57. ^ LLWS 2012 - Petaluma-Tennessee US Championship Game on YouTube

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