After announcing the umpiring crews, Bud Selig announced that the National League teams that will be represented in The Series will be:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Although they were known as the Brooklyn Dodgers until 1957, this team has had much of its success since moving to Los Angeles in 1958 including five of their six World Series Championships. The Dodgers organization is most commonly associated with the integration of baseball when general manager Branch Rickey pushed for Jackie Robinson's Major League debut on April 15, 1947. The Dodgers have fielded a record eight Cy Young Award winners, including three time winner Sandy Koufax and the inaugural Cy Young Award winner Don Newcombe in 1956. Having a knack for developing young talent, the Dodgers have produced a record five consecutive Rookies of the Year from 1992-1996 including 12x All Star catcher Mike Piazza in 1993.
The Dodgers will be playing in Dodger Stadium. With a capacity of 56,000 and dimensions of 330ft to Left, 400ft to Center, and 330ft to Right, Dodger Stadium was opened on July 10, 1962. It is the largest, by seating capacity, baseball stadium in the United States. It is also one of the only stadiums in the National League that still has symmetrical outfield dimensions. The stadium hosted games from eight World Series as well as the 1984 Olympic Baseball competition. There have been 10 no-hitters in Dodger Stadium, including Sandy Koufax's perfect game on September 9, 1965. Including his perfect game, Koufax threw three of his four no-hitters in Dodger Stadium.
Providing the radio broadcasting for the Dodgers will be Red Barber and Al Helfer. Barber was a broadcaster who called play-by-play for the Dodgers, Yankees and Reds for over 33 seasons. In Brooklyn, the soft talking southerner became a nation icon. He coined several famous cliches from "the catbird seat." Also while in Brooklyn he became known as the "ol' redhead." He was the paragon of telling the truth and playing it straight. Helfer, known as "Brother Al" by Red Barber, worked six World Series, ten All Star Games, and regular season broadcasts for the Yankees, Dodgers, and Athletics. He joined Barber as the regular broadcast team of the Cincinnati Reds in 1935 and the two reunited to broadcast Dodgers' games together from 1939 to 1941.
San Francisco Giants
Although they moved to San Francisco in 1957, this team has had much of its success when they were the New York Giants. The Giants have won all five of their World Series Championships and 17 of their 20 National League Pennants prior to moving across the country. The Giants have produced several memorable moments throughout its history, including the famous "Shot Heard 'Round the World." In August of the 1951 season, the Giants trailed the Brooklyn Dodgers by 13.5 games in the NL Pennant Race. After a 16 game winning streak in the midst of a hot streak, the Giants tied the Dodgers on the second to last day of the regular season to force a three-game tie-breaker series. After splitting the first two games of the series, the Giants were behind in the bottom of the ninth inning of the deciding game when Bobby Thomson came to the plate with two men on base. He proceeded to hit a game winning, walk-off homerun to clinch the NL Pennant for the Giants in one of the most memorable Pennant Races in MLB history. The Giants organization has also produced two of baseball's most prolific homerun hitters with Willie Mays and Barry Bonds. Mays hit 660 throughout his career, 646 as a Giant, ranking him 4th all-time. Bonds is currently ranked 3rd all-time with 708 homeruns, 532 as a Giant.
The Giants will be playing at AT&T Park. With a capacity of 41,606 and dimensions of 339ft to Left, 399ft to Center, and 309ft to Right, AT&T Park opened on March 31, 2000. Many of Giants' outfielder Barry Bonds' historic homeruns were hit at At&T Park including homeruns number 500, 600, 661, and 700. Bonds also hit his record breaking 71st homerun at AT&T Park on October 5, 2001. The park has also hosted three of the games of the 2002 World Series. The wall in right field is 24ft tall in honor of Giants legend Willie Mays. Beyond the right field wall is China Basin, a section of the San Francisco Bay, nicknamed McCovey Cove after famed Giants first baseman Willie McCovey. Several homerun balls have been hit into McCovey Cove since the parks opening, the first being hit on May 1, 2000 by Barry Bonds.
Providing the radio broadcasting for the Giants will be Jon Miller and Russ Hodges. Miller was a broadcaster for the Baltimore Orioles and is the current play-by-play commentator for the San Francisco Giants. Miller did the play-by-play for the 1983 World Series when Cal Ripken Jr. caught the final out to give the Orioles their most recent World Series Championship. Hodges broadcasted for several teams before ending up in New York as a broadcaster for the Giants and Yankees. He is most known for his play call of Bobby Thomson's famed "Shot Heard 'Round the World" on October 3, 1951.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have won a National League record nine World Series and are tied with the Athletics for second most by any franchise behind the Yankees. The Cardinals were a charter team for the National League known as the Browns in 1876. In that 1876 season, Browns pitcher George Bradley threw the first no-hitter in Major League history. The team joined the American Association in 1882 where they won four pennants in a row from 1885 to 1888. In a predecessor to the World Series, the Browns twice played the Chicago White Stockings, later known as the Cubs. They tied the first game and the Browns won the second game sparking the longest rivalry in all of Major League Baseball. After rejoining the National League in 1892, the Browns had some struggles and changed their name to the Cardinals in 1900. In the 1920s the Cardinals picked up Rogers Hornsby who went on to win two Triple Crown Awards in 1922 and 1925 before leading the Cardinals to their first World Series Championship in 1926. With the second highest career batting average in baseball, Hornsby batted over .400 in three seasons with a post-1900 record average of .424 in 1924. He is also the only player in Major League history to hit 40 homeruns and bat over .400 in one season when he accomplished this in 1922. The Gashouse Gang led by pitcher Dizzy Dean and Triple Crown winner Joe Medwick won the team's third World Series Championship in 1934. Throughout the 1940s, the Cardinals won three World Series Championships behind Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter. The Cardinals had continued success in the 60s with Lou Brock's speed on the bases and Bob Gibson's dominance on the mound, posting a live-ball era single season record 1.12 ERA. Although team success was limited since the 60s, only winning one World Series in 1982, the Cardinals had several historic moments. In 1998, Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire slugged his way into history when he hit homerun number 62 on September 8th breaking Roger Maris' single season record of 61 set in 1961. McGwire would go on to hit a record 70 homeruns that season. The Cardinals also have current All Star Albert Pujols who set a rookie record of 130 RBI in 2001 and has hit 30 or more homeruns and batted over .300 in each of his first five seasons in the Majors.
The Cardinals will be playing their games at Busch Stadium. With a capacity of 50,345 and dimensions of 330ft to Left, 414ft to Center, and 330ft to Right, Busch Stadium opened on May 12, 1966. It was set to be demolished in November of 2005, but has been postponed due to the Series. The stadium was host to six World Series and the 1966 All Star Game. Mark McGwire hit his record breaking 62nd homerun over the left field wall of Busch Stadium on September 8, 1998 and also his record setting 70th homerun on September 27th, 1998.
Providing the radio broadcasting for the Cardinals will be Jack Buck and Harry Caray. Jack Buck was the voice of the Cardinals for nearly 47 years. He has also covered 18 Super Bowls and 11 World Series in his career. Buck was play caller for several of Lou Brock's historic moments including his record breaking 105th stole base in 1974, his record breaking 839th career stolen base in 1977 and his 3000th career hit in 1979. He also called Mark McGwire's record tying 61st homerun in 1998 and Kirk Gibson's infamous walk-off homerun in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series off of Dennis Eckersley. Caray called games for the Cardinals from 1945 to 1969, working alongside Jack Buck for the last 15 years. He called three of the Cardinals World Series during this time. He went on to broadcast for the Chicago White Sox. One of his most memorable experiences with the White Sox was broadcasting the Disco Demolition Night game at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 when riots forced the second game of a double header to be forfeited by the White Sox.
Recognized as baseball's first dynasty the Cubs have won two World Series and six of the first 11 NL Pennants from 1876 to 1886, the first World Series wasn't until 1903. They are the oldest team in Major League history having formed in 1870. The Cubs, then known as the White Stocking, fielded some of baseball's most prominent stars of the 19th century including pitcher Al Spalding and infielders Deacon White, Ross Barnes and Cap Anson. Anson would later become the first player in the history of baseball to collect 3000 career hits. The Cubs continued their success through the early 1900s with the help of famous double play combination Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance. They appeared in the World Series four times from 1906 to 1910 winning in 1907 and 1908, their only two World Series Championships in franchise history. They also appeared in four more World Series between 1929 and 1938 behind Gabby Hartnett, Rogers Hornsby and Hack Wilson. In 1930, Hack Wilson drove in a record 191 RBI, breaking Lou Gehrig's mark of 176. He also held the NL record for homeruns in a single season with 56 during that same season. This record stood until another Cubs slugger, Sammy Sosa, broke it in 1998 on his way to 66 for the season. Sosa was in the midst of the famous homerun race of 1998 with Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire. Sosa has led the league in homeruns twice in 2000 and 2002; ironically he did not lead the league during any of his record three 60+ homerun seasons. Mark McGwire beat him out in 1998 and 1999 hitting 70 and 65 to Sosa's 66 and 63 and Barry Bonds beat him out in 2001 hitting a record 73 to Sosa's 64.
The Cubs will be playing at Wrigley Field. With a capacity of 41,118 and dimensions of 355ft to Left, 400ft to Center, and 353ft to Right, Wrigley Field opened on April 23, 1914. Wrigley is most famous for its ivy-covered outfield walls. It is also the last Major League team to install lights in 1988 when Major League officials announced that the park would be prohibited from hosting postseason games without lights. Although it has not seen the Cubs win a World Series, Wrigley has hosted five World Series from 1929 to 1945, the last time the Cubs appeared in the World Series.
Providing the radio broadcasting for the Cubs will be Bob Elson and Milo Hamilton. Elson was primarily the broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs and White Sox from 1928 until 1941 when he began broadcasting the White Sox games exclusively from 1946 through 1970. Elson was selected to narrate the official World Series films from 1943 to 1948. He called 12 World Series in a row beginning in 1930. Hamilton called games alongside Elson in 1961 before moving to Atlanta in 1966. While in Atlanta, Hamilton called Hank Aaron's record breaking 715th career homerun. After Atlanta he called Cubs games for nine seasons and has been calling games for the Astros since 1987.
Television Broadcasting Teams
In the Divisional Series the television broadcasting team for the Giants v. Dodgers series will be Vin Scully on the play-by-play, Howard Cosell as the color commentator, and Bob Costas on the field. Scully has been a broadcaster for the Dodgers since they were in Brooklyn, beginning in 1950 and still broadcasting today. At the age of 25 Scully became the youngest man to broadcast a World Series game when he called the 1953 World Series. Scully was the broadcaster of four perfect games, including Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. He also called Hank Aaron's record breaking 715th career homerun. Howard Cosell was a sports commentator from 1953 to 1995. He gained much popularity covering boxer Muhammad Ali and calling the Boxing World Heavyweight Championship match between Joe Frazier and George Foreman. In baseball, Cosell is widely credited with coining the famous phrase, "The Bronx is burning," in response to a building fire in the Bronx during Game 2 of the 1977 World Series. Costas is well-known for broadcasting the Summer Olympic Games since 1992. His love of baseball has also led to his broadcasting numerous World Series and All Star Games. Costas is one of five broadcasters to win an Emmy Award for sports play-by-play commentating when he won the award in 1997.
The television broadcasting team for the Cardinals v. Cubs series will be Joe Buck on the play-by-play, Joe Garagiola as the color commentator, and Bob Uecker on the field. Joe Buck has earned a record six Emmy Awards for sports play-by-play commentating, including five consecutive from 2001 to 2005. He called Mark McGwire's record breaking 62nd homerun on September 8, 1998. He was also the broadcaster for the 2004 ALCS when the Red Sox came back from a 0-3 deficit to win the series and go on to win their first World Series since 1918. Joe Garagiola was a broadcaster for NBC for nearly 30 years. He called several World Series and All Star Games including the 1987 All Star Game which highlighted excellent pitching as both teams went scoreless until Tim Raines hit a two-run triple in the 13th inning. Bob Uecker has been a play caller since 1971. Spending most of his career as a commentator for the Milwaukee Brewers, Uecker was also the special guest ring announcer for WrestleMania III when Hulk Hogan scoop slammed 520lb Andre the Giant in the main event.
The television broadcasting crew representing the team with the higher seed will broadcast the National League Championship Series.