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Striking first in the LCS
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10/13/2004 2:04 AM ET
Striking first in the LCS
Winning Game 1 a big first step towards series victory
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Since the introduction of the seven-game League Championship Series in 1985, the winner of Game 1 has gone on to win 23 of 36 series. That's a 64-percent winning percentage. Things have been a little more even in the American League, where 10 of 18 series -- or 55 percent -- have gone to the team drawing first blood.

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Year Won ALCS
Game 1
Series result Won NLCS
Game 1
Series result
2003 Boston Lost (NYY 4, BOS 3) Florida Won (FLA 4, CHC 3)
2002 Minnesota Lost (ANA 4, MIN 1) San Francisco Won (SF 4, STL 1)
2001 New York Won (NYY 4, SEA 1) Arizona Won (ARI 4, ATL 1)
2000 Seattle Lost (NYY 4, SEA 2) New York Won (NYM 4, STL 1)
1999 New York Won (NYY 4, BOS 1) Atlanta Won (ATL 4, NYM 2)
1998 New York Won (NYY 4, CLE 2) San Diego Won (SD 4, ATL 2)
1997 Baltimore Lost (CLE 4, BAL 2) Florida Won (FLA 4, ATL 2)
1996 New York Won (NYY 4, BAL 1) Atlanta Won (ATL 4, STL 3)
1995 Seattle Lost (CLE 4, SEA 2) Atlanta Won (ATL 4, CIN 0)
1993 Toronto Won (TOR 4, CWS 2) Philadelphia Won (PHI 4, ATL 2)
1992 Oakland Lost (TOR 4, OAK 2) Atlanta Won (ATL 4, PIT 3)
1991 Minnesota Won (MIN 4, TOR 1) Pittsburgh Lost (ATL 4, PIT 3)
1990 Oakland Won (OAK 4, BOS 0) Pittsburgh Lost (CIN 4, PIT 2)
1989 Oakland Won (OAK 4, TOR 1) San Francisco Won (SF 4, CHC 1)
1988 Oakland Won (OAK 4, BOS 0) New York Lost (LA 4, NYM 3)
1987 Minnesota Won (MIN 4, DET 1) St. Louis Won (STL 4, SF 3)
1986 Cal. Angels Lost (BOS 4, CAL 3) Houston Lost (NYM 4, HOU 2)
1985 Toronto Lost (KC 4, TOR 3) Los Angeles Lost (STL 4, LA 2)

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