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Other Playoffs

Ten times since 1946, playoffs have been necessary to decide league or division championships or wild card berths when two teams were tied at the end of the regular season. Additionally, in the strike year of 1981 there were playoffs between the first and second half-season champions in both leagues.

National League

Year NL WL Manager
1946 Brooklyn 9658 Leo Durocher
 St. Louis 9658 Eddie Dyer
 Playoff: (Best-of-3) St. Louis, 2-0
 NL WLManager
1951 Brooklyn 9658 Charlie Dressen
 New York 9658 Leo Durocher
 Playoff: (Best-of-3) New York, 2-1 (WLW)
Year NL WLManager
1959 Milwaukee 8668 Fred Haney
 Los Angeles 8668 Walter Alston
 Playoff: (Best-of-3) Los Angeles, 2-0
 NL WLManager
1962 Los Angeles 10161 Walter Alston
 San Francisco 10161 Alvin Dark
 Playoff: (Best-of-3) San Francisco, 2-1 (WLW)
YearNL West WL Manager
1980 Houston 9270 Bill Virdon
 Los Angeles 9270 Tommy Lasorda
 Playoff: (1 game) Houston, 7-1 (at LA)
 NL East WL Manager
1981 (1st Half) Philadelphia3421 Dallas Green
 (2nd Half) Montreal 3023 Jim Fanning
 Playoff: (Best-of-5) Montreal, 3-2 (WWLLW)
 NL West WL Manager
1981 (1st Half) Los Angeles3621 Tommy Lasorda
 (2nd Half) Houston 3320 Bill Virdon
 Playoff: (Best-of-5) Los Angeles, 3-2 (LLWWW)
YearNL Wild CardWL Manager
1998Chicago8973Jim Riggleman
 San Francisco8973Dusty Baker
 Playoff: (1 game) Chicago, 5-3 (at Chicago)
 NL Wild CardWL Manager
1999Cincinnati9666Jack McKeon
 New York9666Bobby Valentine
 Playoff: (1 game) New York, 5-0 (at Cincinnati)

American League

Year AL WL Manager
1948 Boston 9658 Joe McCarthy
 Cleveland 9658 Lou Boudreau
 Playoff: (1 game) Cleveland, 8-3 (at Boston)
 AL East WL Manager
1978 Boston 9963 Don Zimmer
 New York 9963 Bob Lemon
 Playoff: (1 game) New York, 5-4 (at Boston)
 AL East WL Manager
1981 (1st Half) N.Y. 3422 Bob Lemon
 (2nd Half) Milw. 3122 Buck Rodgers
 Playoff: (Best-of-5) New York, 3-2 (WWLLW)
Year AL West WL Manager
1981(1st Half) Oakland 3723 Billy Martin
 (2nd Half) Kan. City 3023 Jim Frey
 Playoff: (Best-of-5), Oakland, 3-0
 AL West WL Manager
1995 Seattle 7866 Lou Piniella
 California 7866 M. Lachemann
 Playoff: (1 game) Seattle, 9-1 (at Seattle)

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