1982 Baseball Season Highlights
The 1982 baseball season led to a World Series victory for the St. Louis Cardinals, thanks to outstanding performances by players like Joaquin Andujar, Ozzie Smith, and Lonnie Smith. Below, find some of the highlights from the 1982 baseball season:
- St. Louis Cardinals win their first National League flag since 1968.
- Brewers become the second American League expansion team in three years to win its first flag.
- Cards sweep Braves in 1982 League Championship Series.
- Angels lose 1982 League Championship Series after leading two games to none -- they are the first club to suffer this fate.
- Cards win the 1982 World Series in seven games.
- Brewer Paul Molitor gets World Series record five hits in opener.
- Joaquin Andujar leads Cards with two Series victories.
- Braves win the National League West by 1 game when LA is beaten 5-3 by Giants on the last day of the season.
- Orioles could force playoff in the American League East by sweeping Milwaukee on season's final weekend, but lose to Brewers on Sunday 10-2.
- Steve Carlton wins his record fourth Cy Young Award.
- Milwaukee's Pete Vuckovich wins a controversial Cy Young vote in the American League.
- Atlanta's Dale Murphy is named 1982 National League MVP.
Robin Yount was named the
American League's Most
Valuable Player in 1982.
- Milwaukee's Robin Yount is named 1982 American League MVP.
- Braves open the 1982 baseball season with 13 consecutive wins, a National League record.
- Steve Carlton tops the major league in wins (23), innings (296), CGs (19), Ks (286), and shutouts (six).
- Harvey Kuenn takes over a 23-24 Brewers team and manages it to the pennant.
- Oakland's Rickey Henderson steals a major league record 130 bases.
- Reggie Jackson's tumultuous tenure with the Yankees ends, as he signs with the Angels.
- Billy Martin is fired as A's manager after team tumbles to 68-94 record.
- Rollie Fingers becomes first player in history to collect 300 saves.
- National League wins its eleventh straight All-Star Game, 4-1 at Montreal.
- Baltimore's Cal Ripken is named 1982 American League Rookie of the Year.
- Dodger Steve Sax is named 1982 National League Rookie of the Year.
- Phillie Garry Maddox wins last of eight consecutive GGs as a National League outfielder.
- Joel Youngblood gets hits for two different teams in two different cities in the same day as he's traded from Mets to Expos.
- Metrodome opens on April 6, Mariners vs. Twins.
- Royal Hal McRae tops majors with 133 RBI, most RBI ever by a designated hitter.
- Gaylord Perry wins 300th game on May 6.
- In August, Perry is ejected for the only time in his career for throwing a spitball.
- Royal John Wathan sets a major league record for catchers with 36 stolen bases.
- Montreal's Al Oliver leads National League in BA (.331), hits (204), and doubles (43), and ties in RBI (109).
- Mike Schmidt leads National League in walks (107), OBP (.407), and SA (.547).
- Yount leads American League in hits (210), total bases (367), runs produced (214), and SA (.578), and ties in doubles (46).
- New York's Dave Kingman leads National League with 37 homers.
- Kingman's .204 BA is lowest since 1901 by a first baseman in 400 or more at-bats.
- Willie Wilson tops American League in batting (.332) and triples (15).
- Angel Reggie Jackson and Brewer Gorman Thomas tie for American League homer lead with 39.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1981 Baseball Season
- 1983 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth