By Ryan Berenz
The best-of-seven-game World Series starts Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 8:05pm ET on FOX. Game 1 takes place at Busch Stadium, the home park of the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals, thanks to the NL’s 5-1 win in the All-Star Game. The Cardinals, coming off a 4-2 series win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, will face the American League champion Texas Rangers, who beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 in the ALCS. The World Series won’t creep into November this year, as Game 7, if necessary, is scheduled for Oct. 27. FOX’s broadcast team of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver call the action. World Series TV schedule and press release from FOX Sports after the jump:
2011 World Series TV Schedule
Game 1 — STL 3, TEX 2
Game 2 — TEX 2, STL 1
Game 3 — STL 16, TEX 7
Game 4 — TEX 4, STL 0
Game 5 — TEX 4, STL 2
Game 6 — STL 10, TEX 9 (11 inn.)
Game 7 — Friday, Oct. 28: Texas at St. Louis, 8:05pm ET, FOX
CARDINALS & RANGERS BATTLE FOR 2011 WORLD SERIES CROWN ON FOX
Buck & McCarver Call Record 14th World Series Together
Rose, Pierzynski & Karros Anchor Pre/Postgame from St. Louis & Texas
Michelle Obama & Dr. Jill Biden Attend Game 1 for Special Pregame Ceremony
New York, NY – FOX Sports’ exclusive coverage of Major League Baseball’s World Series begins Wednesday, Oct. 19 (7:30 PM ET), with Game 1 between the American League Champion Texas Rangers and the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals live from Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Each team has their ace ready for Game 1 as St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter and Texas’ C.J. Wilson face-off. This year marks the network’s 16th straight as the television home for postseason baseball and the 2011 Fall Classic will be FOX’s 12th consecutive and 14th overall.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden attend Game 1 of the 2011 World Series as part of Major League Baseball’s Welcome Back Veterans program. The pregame includes a special ceremony featuring Mrs. Obama, Dr. Biden, veterans and military families. AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery performs the National Anthem prior to Game 1 in St. Louis.
Joe Buck and analyst Tim McCarver, MLB on FOX’s Emmy Award-winning broadcast team, call their record 14th World Series together. Each also sets individual benchmarks in World Series broadcasting with Buck calling the most Fall Classics by a play-by-play announcer with 14 and McCarver adding to his record-setting achievement of 22World Series behind the microphone. Ken Rosenthal works his sixth World Series for FOX serving as in-game reporter and MLB Insider.
A.J. Pierzynski, the starting catcher on the White Sox’s 2005 World Championship team, continues his stint as FOX Sports’ guest studio analyst for every World Series broadcast. He joins MLB on FOX pregame host Chris Rose and MLB on FOX game analyst Eric Karros each night, with coverage beginning live on-site from either St. Louis or Arlington with the pregame show. Additionally, Pierzynski and Karros are available to join Buck and McCarver in-game to offer their unique perspectives.
FOX Sports’ social media outreach continues throughout the 2011 World Series. Fans can get behind-the-scenes photos, commentary and observations from Pierzynski, Karros, Rose, Buck, McCarver and Rosenthal before and during each World Series game broadcast. For instant updates, follow MLB on FOX on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MLBONFOX, Insider Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) and Chris Rose (@ChrisRose). Fans can also gain more access to exclusive FOX Sports content by logging on to www.facebook.com/foxsports.
107th WORLD SERIES ON FOX BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Schedule Subject to Change/All Times Eastern
Wednesday, October 19: GAME 1 — Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO, 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 20: GAME 2 — Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO, 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 22: GAME 3 — Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX, 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 23: GAME 4 — Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX, 7:45 PM
*Monday, October 24: GAME 5 — Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, TX, 7:30 PM
*Wednesday, October 26: GAME 6 — Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO, 7:30 PM
*Thursday, October 27: GAME 7 — Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO, 7:30 PM
* If necessary
David Hill, Eric Shanks and Doug Sellars are the Executive Producers of FOX Sports. Bill Brown is Senior Producer. Scott Ackerson is the Coordinating Producer of MLB on FOX’ studio coverage; Don Bui produces. Pete Macheska is lead game producer of FOX Sports’ Major League Baseball coverage. Bill Webb directs.
Photo: Credit: Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT