The 2014 American League Championship Series kicks off Friday night as the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles face each other in the MLB postseason for the first time.
Including this season, the two franchises have combined for 17 ALCS appearances since the format was established in 1969. Only four franchises — the Tigers, Red Sox, A’s, and Yankees — have appeared in at least as many.
Here is a gallery of selected program/scorecard covers for each Royals & Orioles ALCS series up through the ’80s, as provided by my latest project, the Press Room. For some reason the Royals programs from 1984 and ’85 have eluded me, so if someone can provide a scan please let me know.