The first night game in Major League Baseball history occurred on May 24, 1935 when the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2–1 at Crosley Field.[1] The original plan was that the Reds would play seven night games each season, one against each visiting club.[2] Night baseball quickly found acceptance in other Major League cities and eventually became the norm; the term "day game" was subsequently coined to designate the increasingly rarer afternoon contests.

Monday Night Baseball was born on October 19, 1966 when NBC signed a three-year contract to televise the game. Under the deal, NBC paid roughly $6 million per year for the 25 Games of the Week, $6.1 million for the 1967 World Series and 1967 All-Star Game, and $6.5 million for the 1968 World Series and 1968 All-Star Game. This brought the total value of the contract (which included three Monday night telecasts each season) up to $30.6 million.

The last non-expansion/non-relocated team to play all their home games in the daytime were the Chicago Cubs; they played their first official night game in Wrigley Field on August 9, 1988 and beat the New York Mets 6–4, one night after their initial attempt at night baseball (against the Philadelphia Phillies) was rained out before it became official.[3] The Cubs still play the fewest home night games of any major league club (35 per season, as of 2014).

The first night All-Star Game was held at Philadelphia's Shibe Park in 1943, while the first World Series night game was Game 4 of the 1971 Series at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. All All-Star Games since 1969, and all World Series games since Game 6 of the 1987 Series, have been played at night.

2020s

Year Network(s) Play-by-play Color commentary
2022 ESPN[4] Karl Ravech David Cone and Eduardo Pérez
TBS Brian Anderson
Bob Costas
Don Orsillo
Ron Darling
Jeff Francoeur
MLB Network Bob Costas
Rich Waltz
Tom Verducci
Apple TV+ Melanie Newman
Stephen Nelson
Chris Young and Hannah Keyser
Hunter Pence and Katie Nolan
2021 ESPN[5] Matt Vasgersian
Jason Benetti
Dave Flemming
Dan Shulman
Jon Sciambi
Karl Ravech
Alex Rodriguez
Buster Olney
Tim Kurkjian
Doug Glanville
Jessica Mendoza
Rick Sutcliffe
Eduardo Pérez
Jeff Passan
MLB Network Bob Costas
Scott Braun
Stephen Nelson
Matt Vasgersian
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
Tom Verducci
2020 ESPN[6] Matt Vasgersian
Karl Ravech
Jon Sciambi
Tom Hart
Alex Rodriguez
Buster Olney
Eduardo Pérez
Tim Kurkjian
Chipper Jones
Rick Sutcliffe
Jessica Mendoza

Notes

2010s

Year Network(s) Play-by-play Color commentary
2018 ESPN Matt Vasgersian
Jon Sciambi
Dave Flemming
Sean McDonough
Steve Levy
Karl Ravech
Alex Rodriguez
Jessica Mendoza
Rick Sutcliffe
Eduardo Perez
David Ross
Tim Kurkjian
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
2017 ESPN Dan Shulman
Jon Sciambi
Dave O'Brien
Dave Flemming
Sean McDonough
Steve Levy
Karl Ravech
Aaron Boone
Jessica Mendoza
Rick Sutcliffe
Eduardo Perez
Doug Glanville
David Ross
Tim Kurkjian
Dallas Braden
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Paul Severino
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
Tom Verducci
2016 ESPN Dan Shulman
Chris Berman
Jon Sciambi
Dave Flemming
Sean McDonough
Steve Levy
Karl Ravech
Aaron Boone
Jessica Mendoza
Rick Sutcliffe
Eduardo Perez
John Kruk
Curt Schilling
Doug Glanville
Dallas Braden
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Mike Emrick
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
Tom Verducci
Harold Reynolds
2015 ESPN Dan Shulman
Chris Berman
Jon Sciambi
Dave O'Brien
Dave Flemming
Sean McDonough
Steve Levy
Karl Ravech
John Kruk
Curt Schilling
Rick Sutcliffe
Aaron Boone
Doug Glanville
Manny Acta
Mark Mulder
Dallas Braden
Jessica Mendoza
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Jim Kaat
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
Tom Verducci
Tim McCarver
2014 ESPN Dan Shulman
Chris Berman
Jon Sciambi
Dave O'Brien
Sean McDonough
Steve Levy
Karl Ravech
John Kruk
Curt Schilling
Rick Sutcliffe
Aaron Boone
Doug Glanville
Manny Acta
Mark Mulder
Barry Larkin
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Jim Kaat
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
Tom Verducci
Bob Uecker
2013 ESPN Dan Shulman
Chris Berman
Dave O'Brien
Sean McDonough
Jon Sciambi
Steve Levy
Karl Ravech
Orel Hershiser
John Kruk
Rick Sutcliffe
Aaron Boone
Nomar Garciaparra
Doug Glanville
Manny Acta
Curt Schilling
Mark Mulder
Barry Larkin
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Paul Severino
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
Tom Verducci
Joe Magrane
Harold Reynolds
Al Leiter
Billy Ripken
2012 ESPN Dan Shulman
Chris Berman
Dave O'Brien
Sean McDonough
Steve Berthiaume
Orel Hershiser
Terry Francona
Rick Sutcliffe
Aaron Boone
Nomar Garciaparra
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Brian Kenny
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
Billy Ripken
Al Leiter
2011 ESPN Dan Shulman
Chris Berman
Dave O'Brien
Sean McDonough
Steve Berthiaume
Orel Hershiser
Bobby Valentine
Rick Sutcliffe
Aaron Boone
Nomar Garciaparra
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Rich Waltz
Jim Kaat
Al Michaels
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
David Cone
Tom Verducci
Sean Casey
Joe Magrane
2010 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Dan Shulman
Dave O'Brien
Steve Berthiaume
Joe Morgan
Orel Hershiser
Rick Sutcliffe
Aaron Boone
Nomar Garciaparra
Chris Singleton
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Greg Amsinger
Jim Kaat
John Smoltz
Joe Magrane
Mitch Williams
Sean Casey
Harold Reynolds
Tom Verducci
Barry Larkin

Notes

2000s

Year Network(s) Play-by-play Color commentary
2009 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Dan Shulman
Dave O'Brien
Steve Berthiaume
Joe Morgan
Orel Hershiser
Steve Phillips
MLB Network Bob Costas
Matt Vasgersian
Victor Rojas
Jim Kaat
Harold Reynolds
Joe Magrane
Mitch Williams
Dan Plesac
Clint Hurdle
2008 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Dan Shulman
Dave O'Brien
Steve Berthiaume
Joe Morgan
Orel Hershiser
Steve Phillips
2007 Joe Morgan
Rick Sutcliffe
Orel Hershiser
Steve Phillips
2006 Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Dan Shulman
Dave O'Brien
Joe Morgan
Rick Sutcliffe
Orel Hershiser
2005 Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Dan Shulman
Dave O'Brien
Jon Sciambi
Joe Morgan
Buck Martinez
Rick Sutcliffe
Jeff Brantley
Tony Gwynn
2004 Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Dan Shulman
Dave O'Brien
2003
2002 Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Dan Shulman
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
Rick Sutcliffe
Jeff Brantley
Tony Gwynn
2001 Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Dan Shulman
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Orel Hershiser
FX/FSN Kenny Albert
Josh Lewin
Steve Physioc
Matt Vasgersian
Joel Meyers
Tom Paciorek
Duane Kuiper
Kevin Kennedy
Rick Manning
Rod Allen
Keith Hernandez
George Frazier
Steve Lyons
Ray Fosse
Jay Johnstone
Kirk Gibson
Mike Krukow
John Kruk
2000 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Dan Shulman
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
FX/FSN Kenny Albert
Josh Lewin
Steve Physioc
Matt Vasgersian
Rich Waltz
Chip Caray
Greg Papa
Jeff Torborg
Kevin Kennedy
Ken Brett
Steve Lyons
Bob Brenly
John Cerutti
Ray Fosse

Notes

1990s

Year Network(s) Play-by-play Color commentary
1999 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Dan Shulman
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
FX/FSN Kenny Albert
Josh Lewin
Steve Physioc
Bob Davis
Matt Vasgersian
John Sanders
Dave Armstrong
Jeff Torborg
Kevin Kennedy
Rex Hudler
Ken Brett
Rick Manning
1998 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Dan Shulman
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
FX/FSN Kenny Albert
Thom Brennaman
Chip Caray
Steve Physioc
Josh Lewin
Drew Goodman
Dick Stockton
Greg Papa
Jeff Torborg
Bob Brenly
Steve Lyons
Rick Cerone
Ken Brett
1997 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Dan Shulman
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
FX/FSN Kenny Albert
Thom Brennaman
Chip Caray
Steve Physioc
Drew Goodman
Jeff Torborg
Bob Brenly
Steve Lyons
1996 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Dan Shulman
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
1995 ABC Al Michaels
Brent Musburger
Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver
Jim Kaat
NBC Bob Costas
Greg Gumbel
Bob Uecker
Joe Morgan
ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Dan Shulman
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
1994 ABC Al Michaels Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver
ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
1993 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Gary Thorne
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
Tommy Hutton
Larry Sorenson
1992 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Tom Mees
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
Buck Martinez
Tommy Hutton
Larry Sorenson
1991 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell
1990 ESPN Jon Miller
Chris Berman
Bob Carpenter
Joe Morgan
Dave Campbell

Notes

1980s

Year Network(s) Play-by-play Color commentary
1989 ABC Al Michaels
Gary Thorne
Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver
Joe Morgan
1988 ABC Al Michaels
Gary Bender
Jim Palmer and Tim McCarver
Joe Morgan
1987 ABC Al Michaels
Gary Bender
Jim Palmer
Tim McCarver
1986 ABC Al Michaels
Keith Jackson
Don Drysdale
Jim Palmer
Tim McCarver
Johnny Bench or Steve Busby
1985 ABC Al Michaels
Don Drysdale
Tim McCarver
Jim Palmer and Howard Cosell
Tim McCarver
Tommy John
1984 ABC Al Michaels
Don Drysdale
Earl Weaver and Howard Cosell or Jim Palmer
Tim McCarver
1983 ABC Al Michaels
Don Drysdale
Don Chevrier
Earl Weaver and Howard Cosell
Steve Stone
USA Eddie Doucette
Monte Moore
Al Albert
Nellie Briles
Wes Parker
1982 ABC Keith Jackson
Al Michaels
Don Drysdale
Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell
Bob Uecker and Steve Stone
USA Eddie Doucette
Monte Moore
Nellie Briles
Wes Parker
1981 ABC Keith Jackson
Al Michaels
Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell
Bob Uecker
USA Jim Woods
Monte Moore
Ned Martin
Nellie Briles
Wes Parker
Bob Prince
1980 ABC Al Michaels
Keith Jackson
Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell
Bob Uecker and Lou Brock
USA Jim Woods
Monte Moore
Nellie Briles
Maury Wills
Rico Petrocelli
Steve Grad

Notes

1970s

Year Network(s) Play-by-play Color commentary
1979 ABC Keith Jackson
Al Michaels
Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell
Bob Uecker
USA Jim Woods
Monte Moore
Bob Prince
Bud Harrelson
Maury Wills
Nellie Briles
1978 ABC Keith Jackson
Al Michaels
Jim Lampley
Don Drysdale and Howard Cosell
Bob Uecker
Bill White
1977 ABC Keith Jackson
Al Michaels
Warner Wolf
Bob Uecker and Howard Cosell
Bill White
Bob Gibson
1976 ABC Bob Prince
Al Michaels
Bob Uecker and Warner Wolf
Bob Gibson and Norm Cash
1975 NBC Curt Gowdy
Jim Simpson
Joe Garagiola
Maury Wills
1974 NBC Curt Gowdy
Jim Simpson
Bill O'Donnell
Tony Kubek
Maury Wills
1973 NBC Curt Gowdy
Jim Simpson
Tony Kubek
Maury Wills
1972 NBC Curt Gowdy
Jim Simpson
Tony Kubek
Sandy Koufax
1971 NBC Curt Gowdy
Jim Simpson
Tony Kubek
Sandy Koufax
1970 NBC Curt Gowdy
Jim Simpson
Tony Kubek
Sandy Koufax

Notes

1960s

Year Network(s) Play-by-play Color commentary
1969 NBC Curt Gowdy
Jim Simpson
Tony Kubek
Sandy Koufax
1968 NBC Curt Gowdy
Jim Simpson
Pee Wee Reese and Sandy Koufax
Tony Kubek
1967 NBC Curt Gowdy Pee Wee Reese and Sandy Koufax

Notes

See also

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