1982 St. Louis Cardinals season
The St. Louis Cardinals' 1982 season was the team's 101st season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 91st season in the National League. Making up for the previous season's near-miss, the Cardinals went 92—70 during the season and won their first-ever National League East Division title by three games over the Philadelphia Phillies. They achieved their first postseason appearance since 1968 and defeated the National League West champion Atlanta Braves in three straight games to claim the NL pennant. From there, they went on to win the World Series in seven games over the American League champion Milwaukee Brewers. It was the Cardinals' first World Championship since 1967, and their last until they opened the current Busch Stadium in 2006.
|1982 St. Louis Cardinals|
|1982 NL East Champions|
1982 NL Champions
1982 World Series Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||August "Gussie" Busch|
|General manager(s)||Whitey Herzog, Joe McDonald|
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph)
|Local radio||KMOX |
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Dan Kelly)
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- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Postseason
- 5 Awards and honors
- 6 Farm system
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- October 21, 1981: Bob Sykes was traded by the Cardinals to the New York Yankees for Willie McGee.
- October 23, 1981: Jeff Little was traded by the Cardinals to the Minnesota Twins for Mike Kinnunen.
- November 20, 1981: Silvio Martínez and Lary Sorensen were traded by the Cardinals to the Cleveland Indians as part of a three-team trade. The Philadelphia Phillies traded Lonnie Smith to the Cardinals. The Indians traded Bo Díaz to the Phillies. The Phillies sent a player to be named later to the Indians. The Phillies completed the deal by sending Scott Munninghoff to the Indians on December 9.
- December 10, 1981: Sixto Lezcano, Garry Templeton and a player to be named later were traded by the Cardinals to the San Diego Padres for Ozzie Smith, Steve Mura and a player to be named later. The deal was completed on February 19, 1982, with the Padres sending Al Olmsted to the Cardinals and the Cardinals sending Luis DeLeón to the Padres.
- December 29, 1981: Joaquín Andújar was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.
|St. Louis Cardinals||92||70||0.568||—||46–35||46–35|
|New York Mets||65||97||0.401||27||33–48||32–49|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1982 National League Records
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Opening Day lineupEdit
- Lonnie Smith, CF
- Tom Herr, 2B
- Keith Hernandez, 1B
- Darrell Porter, C
- George Hendrick, RF
- Dane Iorg, LF
- Steve Braun, 3B
- Ozzie Smith, SS
- Bob Forsch, P
- May 30, 1982: The Cardinals rally twice in their last at-bat in a thrilling 6—5 victory over the San Diego Padres at Busch Memorial Stadium. St. Louis trailed 3-0 entering the bottom of the ninth when Keith Hernandez led off with a single to left field. Hernandez took second on a single by George Hendrick and scored on Lonnie Smith's RBI double. After a Mike Ramsey ground out, Julio González reached on Padre third baseman Luis Salazar's error, allowing Hendrick to score and cutting the deficit to 3—2, and two batters later, Smith scored on Tom Herr's sacrifice fly to tie the game. After San Diego tacked on an additional two runs off Bruce Sutter in the top of the tenth inning, the Cardinals rallied again in the bottom half. Padres reliever Gary Lucas retired Orlando Sánchez and Hernandez to start the inning, but allowed a two-out single to Hendrick. Lonnie Smith then doubled Hendrick home to bring St. Louis back within 5—4, and Ramsey's subsequent RBI single tied the game. After Julio Gonzalez was hit by a pitch, Dane Iorg lined a single into center field, scoring Ramsey with the winning run.
- June 7, 1982: 1982 Major League Baseball draft
- June 25, 1982: Joe Boever was signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent.
- August 11, 1982: Eric Rasmussen was purchased by the Cardinals from the Leones de Yucatán.
|1982 St. Louis Cardinals roster|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
October 7, Busch Stadium
|W: Bob Forsch (1-0) L: Pascual Pérez (0-1) SV: None|
|HRs: ATL – None STL – None|
October 9, Busch Stadium
|W: Bruce Sutter (1-0) L: Gene Garber (0-1) SV: None|
|HRs: ATL – None STL – None|
October 10, Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
|W: Joaquín Andújar (1-0) L: Rick Camp (0-1) SV: Bruce Sutter (1)|
|HRs: ATL – None STL – Willie McGee (1)|
In Game 3, rookie outfielder Willie McGee hit two home runs, tying a World Series record for rookies.
|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|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Willie McGee at Baseball Reference
- Jeff Little at Baseball Reference
- "Lonnie Smith to Card, Diaz to Phils in 3-team deal". St. Petersburg Times. November 20, 1981. p. 6C. Retrieved January 5, 2010.[dead link]
- Silvio Martínez at Baseball Reference
- Ozzie Smith at Baseball Reference
- Joaquín Andújar at Baseball Reference
- Retrosheet Boxscore: St. Louis Cardinals 14, Houston Astros 3
- May 30, 1982 San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals Play by Play and Box Score
- Terry Pendleton at Baseball Reference
- Vince Coleman at Baseball Reference
- Joe Boever at Baseball Reference
- Eric Rasmussen at Baseball Reference