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Baseball’s Official Broadcast Networks in 1991

What follows is a table containing all 26 major-league teams from 1991 and their corresponding broadcast networks — both the over-the-air (OTA) and cable varieties.

Why anyone would compile such a list* is likely a bit mysterious to the reader. In point of fact, it’s mysterious to the author, as well.

*Via the individual 1991 team pages at Wikipedia, it should be mentioned.

The reason I began compiling it — this past Sunday, on my couch, sweating in ways that shouldn’t be swat in — is because I had some intention of finding visual artifacts like the one at the top of this post. What such videos lack in aesthetic virtue, they make up for by reminding us that sideburns of any description were, at one point, illegal in this country.

The reason I continued to compile this list is because, in so doing, I was reminded that the majority of major-league teams, in 1991, were still broadcasting the majority of their games on local, over-the-air networks. Dedicated sporting cable channels certainly existed, but it appears as though a plurality of them both/either (a) required a subscription fee over and above basic cable fees and/or (b) didn’t broadcast as many games as their OTA counterparts.

In any case, as I say: this largely pointless endeavor — unlike many of life’s other pointless endeavors — provided something of substance. “A rousing success,” is what I’m prepared to call it.

Here’s the aforementioned list of baseball’s official broadcast networks from 1991. Feel free to note any inaccuracies (as if it’ll matter!).

Tm OTA Cable
Atlanta Braves WTBS TBS Superstation, SportsSouth
Baltimore Orioles WMAR-TV Home Team Sports
Boston Red Sox WSBK-TV NESN
California Angels KTLA SportsChannel Los Angeles
Chicago Cubs WGN-TV Superstation WGN
Chicago White Sox WGN-TV SportsChannel Chicago
Cincinnati Reds WLWT SportsChannel Ohio
Cleveland Indians WUAB SportsChannel Ohio
Detroit Tigers WDIV-TV PASS
Houston Astros KTXH HSE
Kansas City Royals WDAF-TV N/A
Los Angeles Dodgers KTTV SportsChannel Los Angeles
Milwaukee Brewers WCGV-TV N/A
Minnesota Twins WCCO-TV, KITN Midwest Sports Channel
Montreal Expos CBC, CTV The Sports Network
New York Mets WWOR-TV SportsChannel New York
New York Yankees WPIX MSG
Oakland Athletics KPIX-TV, KICU-TV Sports Channel Bay Area
Philadelphia Phillies WTXF-TV PRISM, SportsChannel Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Pirates KDKA-TV KBL
San Diego Padres KUSI-TV Cox Cable
San Francisco Giants KTVU SportsChannel Bay Area/Pacific
Seattle Mariners KSTW-TV, KIRO-TV N/A
St. Louis Cardinals KPLR-TV N/A
Texas Rangers KTVT HSE
Toronto Blue Jays CFTO-TV The Sports Network