1982 World Series
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The Cardinals won the National League East division by 3 games over the Philadelphia Phillies, then defeated the Atlanta Braves, three games to none, in the National League Championship Series. The Brewers won the American League East division by 1 game over the Baltimore Orioles, then defeated the California Angels, three games to two, in the American League Championship Series.
Though the teams had never met, the cities had an existing commercial rivalry in the beer market, as St. Louis is the home of Anheuser Busch while Milwaukee is the home of Miller Brewing. This led to the Series being nicknamed the "Suds Series".
After setting a World Series record with his fifth hit, in the 9th inning of Game 1, Paul Molitor would set another record in the 7th inning of Game 5 by becoming the first player in Series history to have two four-hit games.
Cardinals catcher Darrell Porter was given the Series MVP Award. Brewers pitcher Mike Caldwell, who won two games, would have been a strong candidate, as well as Molitor, had the Brewers come out on top. As it was, a player from the winning team won the MVP, as Bobby Richardson of the 1960 New York Yankees remains the only player to have won the award while being on the losing side.
The Cardinals would not win the World Series again until 2006, the year their ace reliever from 1982, Bruce Sutter, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Milwaukee Brewers would only return to the playoffs in 2008, having moved to the National League in the interim, and as of 2012 the 1982 Series remain their only appearance in the Fall Classic. However, the Brewers would meet the Cardinals again in a postseason series in the 2011 NLCS. That series represents the only occasion in which two teams who have faced eachother in a World Series have met in any other round of the postseason. Too find a team playing in the World Seris in two different leagues, one must go back to the 19th Century and to postseason series between winners of the National League and of the American Association, the other major league of the time. Both the ancestors of today's St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers represented the American Association in some of those "pre-modern" World Series..
The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers hit 216 home runs during the regular season, thus earning them the nickname Harvey's Wallbangers (after manager Harvey Kuenn). In sharp contrast, the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals only hit 67 home runs, less than Gorman Thomas' 39 and Ben Oglivie's 34 combined.
The 1981 American League MVP Award winner Rollie Fingers was not available for the Brewers during the 1982 World Series due to a torn arm muscle. However, he was kept on the roster and in uniform as the Brewers were reticent to announce the full extend of his injury, wanting to keep the Cardinals thinking that Fingers could be used in a game. However, when Pete Ladd and Bob McClure were used in key situations in relief early in the series, it became clear that Fingers was unable to pitch.
- Lee Weyer (NL), Bill Haller (NL), John Kibler (AL), Dave Phillips (NL), Satch Davidson (AL), Jim Evans (NL)
|Game||Score||Date||Location||Attendance||Time of Game|
|1||Brewers – 10, Cardinals – 0||October 12||Busch Stadium (St Louis)||53,723||2:30|
|2||Brewers – 4, Cardinals – 5||October 13||Busch Stadium (St Louis)||53,723||2:54|
|3||Cardinals – 6, Brewers – 2||October 15||Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)||56,556||2:53|
|4||Cardinals – 5, Brewers – 7||October 16||Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)||56,560||3:04|
|5||Cardinals – 4, Brewers – 6||October 17||Milwaukee County Stadium (Milwaukee)||56,562||3:02|
|6||Brewers – 1, Cardinals – 13||October 19||Busch Stadium (St Louis)||53,723||2:21|
|7||Brewers – 3, Cardinals – 6||October 20||Busch Stadium (St Louis)||53,723||2:50|
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||1|
|W: Mike Caldwell (1-0) L: Bob Forsch (0-1)|
|HR: MIL Ted Simmons (1)
In Game 1, Paul Molitor of the Brewers set a World Series record for most hits and singles in a series game when he went 5 for 6 with all the hits being singles.
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||0||2||0||0||2||0||1||X||5||8||0|
|W: Bruce Sutter (1-0) L: Bob McClure (0-1)|
|HR: MIL Ted Simmons (2)
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||0||0||0||3||0||2||0||1||6||6||1|
|W: Joaquin Andujar (1-0) S: Bruce Sutter (1) L: Pete Vuckovich (0-1)|
|HR: STL Willie McGee 2, (2) MIL Cecil Cooper (1)
Cardinals starting pitcher Joaquín Andújar was forced to leave Game 3 in the 7th inning after getting drilled just below the kneecap by a line drive from Ted Simmons. Andújar, though, would return to start Game 7 in St. Louis.
Willie McGee's two home runs in Game 3 tied the record for most home runs in a World Series game by a rookie, the feat having been previously accomplished by two members of the New York Yankees: Charlie Keller and one of the announcers for this Series, Tony Kubek. Like McGee, both Keller and Kubek also achieved their feats in a World Series Game 3 — in the 1939 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds and the 1957 World Series against the Milwaukee Braves respectively. The two-homer games for both Kubek (a native of Milwaukee) and McGee were played at Milwaukee County Stadium.
|St. Louis Cardinals||1||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||5||8||1|
|W: Jim Slaton (1-0) S: Bob McClure (1) L: Doug Bair (0-1)|
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||4||15||2|
|W: Mike Caldwell (2-0) S: Bob McClure (2) L: Bob Forsch (0-2)|
|HR: MIL Robin Yount (1)
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||2||0||3||2||6||0||0||X||13||12||1|
|W: John Stuper (1-0) L: Don Sutton (0-1)|
|HR: STL Darrell Porter (1) Keith Hernandez (1)|
Game 6 was hampered by two rain delays that totaled over 2½ hours.
Cardinals designated hitter Dane Iorg hit two doubles and a triple in Game 6. Three years later, Iorg, with the Kansas City Royals, would get the game -inning hit in the now infamous sixth game of the 1985 World Series, against the St. Louis Cardinals.
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||0||0||1||0||3||0||2||X||6||15||1|
|W: Joaquin Andujar (2-0) S: Bruce Sutter (2) L: Bob McClure (0-2)|
|HR: MIL Ben Oglivie (1)
|St Louis Cardinals||1||5||3||4||5||12||3||3||3||39||67||7|
|Total Attendance: 384,570 Average Attendance: 54,939|
|Winning Player’s Share: – $43,280, Losing Player’s Share – $31,935 * Includes Playoffs and World Series|
This was the final World Series telecast for longtime NBC analyst Tony Kubek, and the only one for veteran announcer Dick Enberg. Enberg alternated play-by-play duties with Joe Garagiola, who was himself working his last Series in that role before moving to the color commentator position alongside Vin Scully (who called the 1982 World Series alongside Sparky Anderson for CBS Radio) the following season. On the other hand, this was NBC's first Series telecast to feature Bob Costas (who anchored the studio show and hosted the World Series Trophy presentation following Game 7). Costas and Kubek would subsequently team up as the network's secondary MLB announcing team from 1983 to 1989.
Quote(s) of the Series
- David S. Neft and Richard M. Cohen: The World Series, 1st ed., St Martins Press, New York, NY, 1990, pp. 393-397.
- 1982 World Series at WorldSeries.com (MLB.com)
- 1982 World Series at Baseball-Almanac.com
- For All You Do, This Hug's For You at SI.com
- History of the World Series - 1982 at SportingNews.com
- 1982 World Series box scores and play-by-play at Retrosheet.org
- 1982 St. Louis Cardinals at baseballlibrary.com
- 1982 Milwaukee Brewers at baseballlibrary.com
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