1982 Baseball Season Headlines
Robin Yount Named 1982 American League MVP
Robin Yount won the 1982 American League MVP Award -- and his premier Gold Glove -- tallying a .331 average, 29 homers, 46 doubles, and 114 RBI (all career-bests). To cap his All-Star season, Yount batted .414 in the 1982 World Series, collecting 12 hits in 29 at-bats.
Dan Quisenberry Saves 35
In 1982, Dan Quisenberry was American League Fireman of the Year for the second time and an All-Star for the first time. With a quirky underhanded delivery that aggravated hitters while preserving his arm from strain, Quisenberry saved a circuit-high 35 games while compiling a 9-7 record.
Carl Yastrzemski Knows No Bounds
Carl Yastrzemski entered the homestretch of his career in 1982. Batting .275, he tallied 72 RBI and 16 homers. A left fielder for 12 seasons, Yaz was shifted to center on July 21, where he went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. It is likely that, as he was approaching 43, he is the oldest major leaguer to play the position. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility.
Reggie Jackson: 39 HRs, 101 RBI
Upon being stripped of his power in 1990 as Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner said that his chief regret over his 17-year proprietorship was letting Reggie Jackson defect to the Angels once his option was unclaimed. Jackson batted .275, nailed 39 homers (tied for the American League lead), and had 101 RBI to spearhead the Angels to the West Division title.
Harold Baines: 25 HRs, 105 RBI
White Sox owner Bill Veeck scouted Harold Baines when he was just a 12-year-old sandlot star on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Baines played his first full season with the Sox in 1982, batting .271 with 25 dingers and 105 RBI. Baines went on to set the all-time White Sox record for round-trippers with 173.
Brewers Win 1982 American League Pennant
Until 1982, Milwaukee hadn't seen a championship game since the 1958 Braves pennant. Nearly two million fans flocked to County Stadium over the season to watch the team they nicknamed "Harvey's Wallbangers" for manager Harvey Kuenn and the club's 216 homers. The Brewers finished 1 game ahead of the Orioles in the American League East.
Rickey Henderson Sets Mark with 130 Swipes
In 1982, Rickey Henderson demolished the single-season major league stolen base record set by Lou Brock by swiping 130 bases. Under the guidance of A's manager Billy Martin, who appreciated the speedster's gifts, Henderson hit .267 in 1982. He tallied 119 runs scored (fourth in the American League), 116 walks (best in the majors), and a .399 on-base percentage (third in the circuit).
Catcher Gary Carter is an
All-Star player and an avid
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Gary Carter Stars in 1982 All-Star Game
Gold Glove-winning Expo catcher Gary Carter displayed his usual form in 1982, batting .293, with 29 four-baggers, and 97 RBI. His single knocked in a run in the 1982 All-Star Game, played in his home park of Olympic Stadium. An avid baseball card collector, Carter is unlike many professional ballplayers in his unabashed love for the game.
Fernando Valenzuela: No Fluke
Fernando Mania grew in stature in 1982, as did the man himself. Avoiding the sophomore jinx, the lefty sported a 19-13 record with a 2.87 ERA in 1982.
Joaquin Andujar Carries the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals
Joaquin Andujar blossomed under the Cardinal pitching coach Hub Kittle, as he went 15-10 for a 2.47 ERA during the regular 1982 season.
In postseason play, Andujar became the stopper for the Cardinals, winning both the National League pennant-clinching game against the Braves and capturing the seventh game of the World Series against the Brewers. When asked to describe life in the majors, Andujar once remarked that everything could be summed up in one word: "youneverknow."
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