1982 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs Milwaukee Brewers (3)

In 1982, the surprising Brewers stormed their way to the top of the American League for their first World Series appearance twelve years after moving to Milwaukee (from Seattle) as the expansion Pilots. Manager Harvey Kuenn had assembled a defensively dominant line-up that featured Mike Caldwell and ace reliever Rollie Fingers on the mound as well as outstanding infield play from shortstop Robin Yount. Milwaukee was no joke at the plate either knocking out two-hundred sixteen homers during the regular season and earning the nickname "Harvey's Wallbangers". Unlike their American League opponents, the National League's St. Louis Cardinals, were no strangers to postseason play as they prepared to enter their thirteenth Fall Classic. If victorious, the "Redbirds" would emerge as #2 on the all-time titles list with their ninth crown (second only to the New York Yankees with twenty-two at the time).

Apparently, inexperience and home-field advantage were not factors in Game 1 as the Brewers tagged four different Cardinals' pitchers for a shocking seventeen hit, 10-0 affair. Paul Molitor, Milwaukee's leadoff specialist set a new World Series record with five hits and Yount followed close behind with four. Caldwell tossed a three hit masterpiece and Ted Simmons (a former Card) rubbed it in the face of former fans at Busch Memorial Stadium with a "wallbanger" of his own. Game 2 also appeared to belong to the rookies, but the home team found the resolve after trailing 4-2 midway through the contest. The turnaround was due in part to an unlikely hero named Darrell Porter. An underachieving free-agent (who had signed in 1980 to replace Simmons behind the plate) Porter had put up less-than-stellar numbers in his first two years making him less-than-popular with the fans. All that would change though as the catcher nailed a critical two out, two run double in the sixth to turn St. Louis in the right direction. With the game deadlocked at 4-4 in the eighth, Card's pinch-hitter Steve Braun managed a bases-loaded walk off reliever Pete Ladd for the one run advantage. The lead stood through the final inning thanks to ace reliever Bruce Sutter and the Series was tied at a game apiece.

Another unlikely MVP candidate, rookie Willie McGee (who had managed four homers all season) stepped up in Game 3 and knocked not one, but two blasts of his own out of Milwaukee's County Stadium. Along with his one man, home run derby that tallied four RBIs, McGee also made two spectacular defensive plays in center field. First, he caught a 400-foot Molitor drive in the first inning. Then he robbed Gorman Thomas of a home run in the ninth with a leaping, above the fence snag. Despite the 6-2 win, the Cardinals had still suffered a loss with an untimely injury to starting pitcher Joaquin Andujar (who was working a three hitter when he took a Simmons liner in the knee).

At first Game 4 appeared to belong to the Cardinals again as they entered the seventh with a 5-1 advantage, but the never-say-die Brewers came back with a tenacious, six run rally in which Yount and Thomas both connected for two run singles on the way to a 7-5 turnaround. Caldwell returned to face Bob Forsch in Game 5 planning to repeat his opening performance, but was ultimately crushed for fourteen hits. Unbelievably, the horrendous effort was good enough to win (after two out relief from Bob McClure) thanks to Yount who saved the day with another four hit performance that set a record for the first player to have two, four hit games in World Series competition.

Now down three-games-to-two, the Cardinals returned home determined to find the resolve much like their rivals had. Rookie John Stuper took the team on his back and threw a complete game, four hitter (allowing only one run) as his teammates followed suite tagging the visitors for an embarrassing thirteen runs. Keith Hernandez and Porter both belted two run homers and Hernandez wound up with four runs batted in. Dane Iorg (St. Louis' designated hitter) drilled two doubles and added a triple in the slugfest as well.

A rejuvenated St. Louis team returned for Game 7 with a rested and rejuvenated Andujar. The recovering ace remained strong against Pete Vuckovich, despite entering the bottom of the sixth down 3-1. Inspired by their injured teammate's exertion, the Cardinals got a game tying bases loaded single from Hernandez and a go-ahead base hit from George Hendrick. Porter came up clutch again with a run scoring single in the eighth that was equally matched by Braun for the insurance run.

Despite their best efforts, Milwaukee fell 6-3 and the National League champs went on to become World Champions second only to the New York Yankees in all-time wins.

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"As he comes over and down with very fast arm action, just like his fastball, the ball squirts out with sinker spin from his thumb. The ball comes in looking like a straight fastball with a velocity around eighty-five miles an hour. As it gets to the plate, it just seems to sit, like an airplane coming in for a landing." - Hub Kittle

1982 World Series

1982 World Series Program

1982 World Series Official Program

St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs Milwaukee Brewers (3)

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Busch Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
August A. Busch, Jr. (St. Louis Cardinals Owner)
Attendance
53,723
National Anthem
Lou Rawls (Recording Artist)
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Busch Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
53,723
National Anthem
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Marching Salukis Band
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
County Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Bob Bartholf (Milwaukee Children's Hospital Patient)
National Anthem
Frances Langford-Evinrude (Singer / Entertainer)
Attendance
56,556
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
County Stadium
Attendance
56,560
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
County Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
56,562
Game 6
Date / Box Score
Location
Busch Stadium
Attendance
53,723
Game 7
Date / Box Score
Location
Busch Stadium
Attendance
53,723
National Anthem
Peter Palmer, Aniko Farrell and the St. Louis Symphony
1982 World Series Fast Facts

1982 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 4 10 17 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Mike Caldwell (W)
-
-
-
Bob Forsch (L)
Jim Kaat (6 th )
Dave LaPoint (8 th )
Jeff Lahti (9 th )
Ted Simmons (5 th ) None

1982 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 10 1
St. Louis 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 1 x 5 8 0
Don Sutton
Bob McClure (L, 7 th )
Pete Ladd (8 th )
-
John Stuper
Jim Kaat (5 th )
Doug Bair (5 th )
Bruce Sutter (W, 7 th )
Ted Simmons (3 rd ) None

1982 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 1 6 6 1
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 5 3
Joaquin Andujar (W)
Jim Kaat (7 th )
Doug Bair (7 th )
Bruce Sutter (7 th )
Pete Vuckovich (L)
Bob McClure (9 th )
-
-
Willie McGee (5 th )
Willie McGee (7 th )
Cecil Cooper (8 th )
-

1982 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 8 1
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 x 7 10 2
Dave LaPoint
Doug Bair (L, 7 th )
Jim Kaat (7 th )
Jeff Lahti (7 th )
Moose Haas
Jim Slaton (W, 6 th )
Bob McClure (8 th )
-
None None

1982 World Series
Game 5

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 15 2
Milwaukee 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 x 6 11 1
Bob Forsch (L)
Bruce Sutter (8 th )
Mike Caldwell (W)
Bob McClure (9 th )
None Robin Yount (7 th )

1982 World Series
Game 6

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 4
St. Louis 0 2 0 3 2 6 0 0 x 13 12 1
Don Sutton (L)
Jim Slaton (5 th )
Doc Medich (6 th )
Dwight Bernard (8 th )
John Stuper (W)
-
-
-
None
-
Darrell Porter (4 th )
Keith Hernandez (5 th )

1982 World Series
Game 7

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 7 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 2 x 6 15 1
Pete Vuckovich
Bob McClure (L, 6 th )
Moose Haas (6 th )
Mike Caldwell (8 th )
Joaquin Andujar (W)
Bruce Sutter (8 th )
-
-
Ben Oglivie (5 th ) None

1982 World Series

Composite Hitting Statistics

p
p
dh
c
p
of-4,dh-3
of
1b
2b
dh
p
p
p
of
3b
c
3b-2
of-6,dh-1
ss
p
p
dh-1
2
3
2
1
2
7
7
7
7
5
4
2
2
6
7
7
3
7
7
2
4
5
0
0
2
0
0
10
28
27
25
17
0
0
0
25
24
28
1
28
24
0
0
6
0
0
1
0
0
2
9
7
4
9
0
0
0
6
7
8
0
9
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
2
4
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
5
4
2
4
0
0
0
6
4
1
1
6
3
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
5
8
5
1
0
0
0
5
1
5
0
1
1
0
0
0
.000
.000
.500
.000
.000
.200
.321
.259
.160
.529
.000
.000
.000
.240
.292
.286
.000
.321
.208
.000
.000
.000
0
0
1
0
0
1
2
4
3
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
0
1
3
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
2
2
3
0
0
0
0
3
1
4
1
5
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
Totals
245
67
16
3
4
39
34
.273
20
26
7

1982 World Series

Composite Hitting Statistics

p
p
1b
of
2b
p
dh
p
p
p
3b
dh-4
of
of
c
p
p
of
p
c
ss
1
3
7
1
7
2
4
1
5
1
7
5
7
7
7
2
2
7
2
1
7
0
0
28
0
24
0
11
0
0
0
31
13
26
27
23
0
0
26
0
0
29
0
0
8
0
8
0
0
0
0
0
11
3
9
6
4
0
0
3
0
0
12
0
0
1
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
3
0
5
0
1
0
0
0
5
4
3
4
2
0
0
0
0
0
6
0
0
6
0
4
0
0
0
0
0
3
1
2
1
3
0
0
3
0
0
6
.000
.000
.286
.000
.333
.000
.000
.000
.000
.000
.355
.231
.346
.222
.174
.000
.000
.115
.000
.000
.414
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
1
2
5
0
0
2
0
1
2
0
0
1
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
4
3
0
4
3
0
0
7
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
238
64
12
2
5
33
29
.269
19
28
1

1982 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics

2
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
3
2
4
2
2
2
4
2
0
2
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13.1
2.0
12.2
2.1
1.2
8.1
13.0
7.2
1.35
9.00
4.97
3.86
10.80
3.24
3.46
4.70
10
2
18
4
4
10
10
6
4
3
4
2
1
3
5
6
2
2
7
1
2
3
5
4
1
2
3
2
1
2
5
3
Totals
4
3
21
7
1
2
0
61.0
3.84
64
28
26
19

1982 World Series

Composite Pitching Statistics

0
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
1
1
3
2
1
5
1
2
2
2
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1.0
17.2
7.1
0.2
4.1
2.0
2.2
10.1
14.0
0.00
2.04
7.36
0.00
4.15
18.00
0.00
7.84
4.50
0
19
8
1
5
5
1
12
16
1
6
4
0
5
0
1
5
4
0
4
6
0
2
4
0
9
7
0
3
3
2
3
1
2
1
5
Totals
3
4
19
7
1
2
1
60.0
4.80
67
26
32
20
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Did you know that during Game 1 of the 1982 World Series, Paul Molitor set a World Series record for most hits and singles in a single-series game?

Willie McGee was only a rookie during the 1982 season and his two home runs in Game 3 tied the record for most in a Series game by a rookie. Do you know who the other record setting rookies are?

The Milwaukee Brewers, who were nicknamed "Harvey's Wallbangers", did not have their relief ace, Rollie Fingers , who was not available due to a torn arm muscle. Would the World Championship have be different today if things were different then? Share your opinion on our baseball message boards .

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