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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 31 December 2008 02:00

ESPN ClassicAs they say, competition is good, and for baseball fans, beginning in early January, that may never have been more true on television.

MLB Network is set to launch on January 1, and as reported, there is a considerable amount of archival footage being released over the course of the month through the new network. 

Not to be outdone, ESPN will be competing for your viewership.

ESPN Classic will feature a classic Major League Baseball game every Monday night (generally at 8 p.m. ET) starting January 5 and continuing to the start of the 2009 regular season. The series, which will celebrate the 20th season of MLB on ESPN, begins with the re-airing of ESPN’s first-ever MLB telecast – Baltimore at Kansas City (April 9, 1990). In addition to the weekly Monday telecasts, ESPN Classic will present nightly classic MLB games at 8 p.m. the week of March 30 leading up to Opening Night on ESPN (Sunday, April 5). 

ESPN Classic also plans to televise a MLB game of the week during the MLB season, from April through October ’09 (schedule TBD).

ESPN Classic's January and February schedule (all times 8 p.m. ET):

Date

Game

Mon., Jan. 5

1990 Opening Day: Baltimore at Kansas City

ESPN’s first MLB regular-season telecast

Mon., Jan. 12

1991 World Series, Game 7: Atlanta at Minnesota

Jack Morris pitched a 10-inning shutout as the Twins won 1-0

Mon., Jan. 19

1992 NLCS, Game 7: Pittsburgh at Atlanta

Francisco Cabrera drove home Sid Bream to advance the Braves to the World Series

Mon., Jan. 26

1993 World Series, Game 6: Philadelphia at Toronto

Joe Carter hit a three-run, walk off home run for the Blue Jays

Mon., Feb. 2

1994 regular season: Anaheim at Texas

Kenny Rogers became the first left-hander in A.L. history to throw a perfect game

Mon., Feb. 9

1995 regular season: Anaheim at Baltimore

Cal Ripken, Jr., broke Lou Gehrig’s record with 2,131 consecutive games played

Mon., Feb. 16

1996 World Series, Game 4: N.Y. Yankees at Atlanta

Yankees erased a 6-0 deficit and won in extra innings on Wade Boggs’ bases-loaded walk

Mon., Feb. 23

1997 World Series, Game 7: Cleveland at Florida

Marlins became the first wild card team to win the World Series in the franchise’s fifth season

Source: ESPN


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