Below are more headlines from the 1982 baseball season, including the Cardinals' run to the World Series.
Dale Murphy Named 1982 National League MVP
Dale Murphy enjoyed a great 1982 season, batting .281 with 36 homers and 109 RBI to lead the Braves to the National League West Division title. He was named the circuit's MVP for his efforts. Murphy spent most of his off-season deciding which products not to endorse. The one product he did agree to promote? Milk.
Tim Raines Leads National League in Steals
Tim Raines led the National League in stolen bases for the second consecutive season, swiping 78. Raines also played in his second consecutive All-Star Game. Although Raines lacked Rickey Henderson's power, the two were often described as the most talented players in their respective leagues.
Dave Kingman Is National League HR King
Dave Kingman led the National League in homers with 37 while driving in 99 runs and batting an anemic .204. Kong set a major league record for lowest batting average by a home run champion. His .204 mark was also the lowest ever for a first baseman with 400 or more at-bats.
1982 Milwaukee Brewers Win Game Five
After forcing out Cardinal Lonnie Smith at second base, Brewers shortstop Robin Yount tried in vain to get Keith Hernandez out at first in game five of the 1982 World Series. The Brewers defeated the Cardinals 6-4 take a one-game edge; it was their last victory in the tournament.
Al Oliver Posts .331 Average
Traded to Montreal for third baseman Larry Parrish of Texas, Al Oliver gained a lot of popularity. He responded by winning the National League batting title with a career-high .331 average. Topping the circuit in hits (204) and doubles (43), he tied Dale Murphy for the RBI title with 109.
Steve Sax Named 1982 National League Rookie of the Year
In 1982, Steve Sax became the fourth consecutive Dodger to capture National League Rookie of the Year honors. Sax hit .282 and set a Dodger rookie record with 49 stolen bases.
Ozzie Smith Wields Some Magic
In 1982, the Padres and Cardinals swapped shortstops, as Garry Templeton was shipped to San Diego and Ozzie Smith headed for St. Louis. Smith was considered an offensive liability despite his amazing glovework. Smith proved his critics only partly right, however, as he batted .248 for the season and then hit an impressive .556 in the three-game playoff sweep of the Braves.
Cecil Cooper's Fiery Bat
Cecil Cooper amassed a .313 batting average, .528 slugging average, 32 homers, and 121 RBI in 1982. Finishing out the year in style, the Brewers first baseman led his team to a come-from-behind victory in the fifth game of the 1982 American League Championship Series. In the seventh inning, he singled home the tying and winning runs as the Brewers defeated the Angels after having been down in the Series two games to none.
1982 St. Louis Cardinals Bomb 1982 Milwaukee Brewers
Brewers catcher Ted Simmons almost needed a calculator to count the Cardinals crossing his threshold in game six of the 1982 World Series. Before the night was over, 13 Redbirds -- and one Brewer -- had scored.
Paul Molitor Heats Up to .302
Nicknamed the "Ignitor," Paul Molitor batted .302 in 1982, spearheading the American League and setting a Brewers record by scoring 136 runs. Capping his season with a spectacular World Series, Molitor set a record with five hits in game one, sparking the Brewers to a 10-0 pasting of the Cardinals.
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