1982 World Series

The 1982 World Series featured the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers, with the Cardinals winning in seven games.

The Cardinals had last been in the World Series in 1968, and a Milwaukee team, the Braves, in 1958. The Milwaukee team of 1982 started as an expansion team in Seattle in 1969, which then moved to Milwaukee in 1970 and changed their name to the Brewers.[1]

The Cardinals made it to the Series by winning the National League East division by three games over the Philadelphia Phillies, and then defeating the Atlanta Braves by 3 games to none in the National League Championship Series. The Brewers made it by winning the American League East division by one game over the Baltimore Orioles, and then defeating the California Angels by 3 games to 2 in the American League Championship Series.

With the Cardinals winning this series, the National League achieved four straight World Series championships from 1979 to 1982. The National League would not again achieve even back-to-back victories until the Giants won in 2010 and the Cardinals in 2011.

Though the teams had never met before, their home cities had an existing commercial rivalry in the beer market, as St. Louis is the home of Anheuser–Busch, which owned the Cardinals at the time, while Milwaukee is the home of Miller Brewing and other past major competitors of Anheuser–Busch. This led the media to refer to it as the "Suds Series."[2]

1982 World Series
1982 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
St. Louis Cardinals (4) Whitey Herzog 92–70, .568, GA: 3
Milwaukee Brewers (3) Harvey Kuenn 95–67, .586, GA: 1
DatesOctober 12–20
MVPDarrell Porter (St. Louis)
UmpiresLee Weyer (NL), Bill Haller (AL), John Kibler (NL), Dave Phillips (AL), Satch Davidson (NL), Jim Evans (AL)
Hall of FamersCardinals: Whitey Herzog (mgr.), Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter.
Brewers: Rollie Fingers (dnp), Paul Molitor, Don Sutton, Robin Yount.
ALCSMilwaukee Brewers over California Angels (3–2)
NLCSSt. Louis Cardinals over Atlanta Braves (3–0)
Broadcast
TelevisionNBC
TV announcersJoe Garagiola, Dick Enberg, and Tony Kubek
RadioCBS
Radio announcersVin Scully and Sparky Anderson
World Series Program
1982 World Series Program
World Series

Preview

The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers hit 216 home runs during the regular season, thus earning them the nickname "Harvey's Wallbangers" (after manager Harvey Kuenn). In sharp contrast, the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals only hit 67 home runs, fewer than the Brewers' Gorman Thomas (with 39 homers) and Ben Oglivie (34 homers) combined. The Cardinals had built their reputation and won their division behind solid pitching, exceptional defense, and aggressive base running, manufacturing runs in a style that would come to be called "Whiteyball," named for team manager Whitey Herzog. This style would be the hallmark of the Cardinals through the 1980s and see them into two more World Series (in 1985 and 1987, both of which they lost in seven games).

The Brewers and Cardinals each boasted a dominant closer, with veteran Rollie Fingers holding the role for Milwaukee and Bruce Sutter for St. Louis. Fingers did not pitch in this series, which would have been his fourth, due to a muscle tear in his arm.

The two teams had made a trade in December 1980 that was expected to benefit both clubs. Milwaukee traded pitchers Dave LaPoint and Lary Sorensen and outfielders Sixto Lezcano and David Green to the Cardinals, with pitcher Pete Vuckovich and catcher Ted Simmons comprising two-thirds of St. Louis' return. The Cardinals had originally traded for Fingers, who had played for the San Diego Padres, but after acquiring him, they acquired Sutter from the Chicago Cubs. St. Louis then added Fingers as the final third of the trade with the Brewers.

The Cardinals built their team on speed, clutch hitting and pitching. The Cardinals made additional trades for Willie McGee, Ozzie Smith, George Hendrick, Joaquín Andújar, and Sutter, all designed to craft a well balanced championship level team.[3]

The Brewers combined a productive farm system with additional trades as well to build their heavy hitting ball club. Thomas, Moose Haas, Robin Yount, and Paul Molitor came through the system, while the aforementioned Vukovich, Simmons, Fingers, and Oglivie, plus Cecil Cooper and Don Money, all arrived via the trade route. On June 1, with the team 23–24 and floundering in fifth place, Brewer GM Harry Dalton replaced manager Buck Rodgers with Harvey Kuenn. The Brewers responded by winning at a .626 clip the rest of the way, taking first place for good on July 31 and never looking back.[4]

Summary

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

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 12 Milwaukee Brewers – 10, St. Louis Cardinals – 0 Busch Stadium 2:30 53,723[5] 
2 October 13 Milwaukee Brewers – 4, St. Louis Cardinals – 5 Busch Stadium 2:54 53,723[6] 
3 October 15 St. Louis Cardinals – 6, Milwaukee Brewers – 2 County Stadium 2:53 56,556[7] 
4 October 16 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Milwaukee Brewers – 7 County Stadium 3:04 56,560[8] 
5 October 17 St. Louis Cardinals – 4, Milwaukee Brewers – 6 County Stadium 3:02 56,562[9] 
6 October 19 Milwaukee Brewers – 1, St. Louis Cardinals – 13 Busch Stadium 2:21 53,723[10] 
7 October 20 Milwaukee Brewers – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 6 Busch Stadium 2:50 53,723[11]

Matchups

Game 1

Tuesday, October 12, 1982 7:30 pm (CT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
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
WP: Mike Caldwell (1–0)   LP: Bob Forsch (0–1)
Home runs:
MIL: Ted Simmons (1)
STL: None

The Brewers' left-hander Mike Caldwell pitched a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits. The Brewers' offense was led by Paul Molitor, who had a World Series-record five hits and two RBIs. Robin Yount added four hits and two RBIs.

The Brewers went up 2–0 in the first when Cardinals' first baseman Keith Hernandez's error on Ben Oglivie ground ball with two on scored a run, then Gorman Thomas's RBI single scored another. Charlie Moore doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on Molitor's single while Ted Simmons homered next inning. Cardinals starter Bob Forsch allowed consecutive two-out singles to Jim Gantner and Molitor in the sixth before both scored on Yount's double and knocked Forsch out of the game. In the ninth, Oglivie walked with one out off of Dave LaPoint, moved to second on a groundout, and scored on Don Money's single. Jeff Lahti relieved LaPoint and allowed a single to Moore. Gantner's triple then scored two before Gantner himself scored on Molitor's single to cap the scoring at 10–0.

This was their last post-season win on the road until October 13, 2011, also against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 13, 1982 7:20 pm (CT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
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
WP: Bruce Sutter (1–0)   LP: Bob McClure (0–1)
Home runs:
MIL: Ted Simmons (2)
STL: None

The Brew Crew drew first blood in the second with an RBI double by Charlie Moore. They followed that in the third when Paul Molitor singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch by Cardinals starter John Stuper, and scored on a Robin Yount groundout. Ted Simmons stretched the lead to 3–0 with his second homer in two games. The Cardinals scratched back in their half of the third when rookie Willie McGee singled, stole second, and scored on a Tom Herr double. Ken Oberkfell singled in Herr to cut the Brewer lead to 3–2. The Brewers made it 4–2 in the fifth when Yount doubled and Cecil Cooper singled him in.

Darrell Porter tied it in the sixth by doubling in two runs. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, the Brewers felt the effects of not having Rollie Fingers in the bullpen. With one out, Pete Ladd, pressed into service as the closer, walked Lonnie Smith with two on to load the bases and then walked pinch-hitter Steve Braun to force in the go-ahead run. The Cardinals could have made it worse, but McGee lined out to short for out #2, and an apparent base hit by Ozzie Smith struck Braun as he was running to second for the third out.

Bruce Sutter pitched the ninth and got credit for the win.

Longtime American League umpire Bill Haller called his final game behind home plate in this contest. He also was the last umpire to wear a tie on the field, and the last to work home plate in the World Series wearing the "balloon" style outside chest protector.

Game 3

Friday, October 15, 1982 7:30 pm (CT) at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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
WP: Joaquín Andújar (1–0)   LP: Pete Vuckovich (0–1)   Sv: Bruce Sutter (1)
Home runs:
STL: Willie McGee 2 (2)
MIL: Cecil Cooper (1)
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Game Three home run and defensive hero, Willie McGee.

Joaquín Andújar and Pete Vuckovich, each team's pitching aces, were locked in a scoreless pitching duel until the top half of the fifth, when Willie McGee belted a three-run homer for the Cards.

The Redbirds added two more in the seventh off Vuckovich. Lonnie Smith doubled to right-center and tried to stretch it to a triple. Smith scored when Jim Gantner's relay throw to third went wild. McGee followed with a home run later in the inning, his second.

McGee also had a couple of defensive gems, running down a deep Paul Molitor drive in the first and robbing Gorman Thomas of a home run in the ninth.

In the seventh with one out, Andújar had to leave the game when a line drive from Ted Simmons struck his kneecap. The Brewers loaded the bases in that inning, but ace reliever Bruce Sutter got the final out to squelch the threat.

Cecil Cooper accounted for the Brewers' only runs with a two-run homer in the eighth off Sutter, while Ozzie Smith drove in the Cardinals final run with a walk.

Sutter qualified for the save in this game (even though the Cards had a 5–0 lead when he entered the game), since he entered with the bases loaded, meaning the potential tying run was on deck.

Game 4

Saturday, October 16, 1982 12:20 pm (CT) at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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
WP: Jim Slaton (1–0)   LP: Doug Bair (0–1)   Sv: Bob McClure (1)

Game 4 of the 1982 World Series pitted Dave LaPoint (9–3) against Moose Haas (11–8). Haas was a veteran of six major league campaigns while LaPoint had just completed his first full season.

For six innings, the Cardinals seemed on the verge of taking a commanding 3–1 Series lead. Dave LaPoint held the Brewers to three hits in that time span, while his hitters plated him a 5–1 lead.

In the top of the first inning, Ken Oberkfell doubled down the right-field line and George Hendrick hit a high chopper over the middle which handcuffed Yount and bounced into center-field, allowing Oberkfell to score. In the bottom of the first, Oberkfell dropped a bare-handed grounder from Yount. Both teams had trouble at times fielding, and the Brewers errors in Game 3 may have cost them three runs.[12]

Two Cardinal runs came in the second on an unusual way. With Willie McGee on first and attempting to steal, Brewers catcher Ted Simmons took a pitch-out but bobbled the ball allowing McGee to steal second. After a walk to Ozzie Smith, Moose Haas' wild pitch moved McGee to third and Smith to second. Tommy Herr hit a deep fly. McGee scored easily and Smith took advantage of center fielder Gorman Thomas slipping and falling on the warning track and never stopped, scoring behind McGee for a two-run sacrifice fly for Herr. Ken Oberkfell followed with a walk, stole second and came home when a Keith Hernandez grounder went through Gantner's legs. The Cardinals scored three times despite only one base hit.

In the Brewers half of the fifth, with none out and runners at first and third, Ozzie Smith made one of his famous Wizard of Oz[12] plays. Gantner hit a ground ball through the middle towards center field. Smith, though off-balance, stabbed at the ball while simultaneously stepping on second base, recovered and fired to first to double up Gantner.

In the seventh, things fell apart. With one out, Oglivie reached first when first baseman Keith Hernandez's toss to LaPoint was dropped. LaPoint was relieved by Doug Bair after giving up a two-out RBI (unearned) double to Gantner. Before relieved by Jim Kaat, Bair walked Molitor and gave up a bases-loaded, two-run (both unearned) single to Yount. An RBI single by Cecil Cooper and a wild pitch brought in the fourth Cardinals pitcher, Jeff Lahti. Lahti intentionally walked (charged to Kaat) Simmons and gave up another bases-loaded, two-run single to Thomas. Lahti issued another intentional walk to Oglivie then induced a fly out to left field to end this inning. In this inning, six runs (three earned) crossed the plate for the Brewers on five hits and one error.

Game 5

Sunday, October 17, 1982 3:45 pm (CT) at County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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
WP: Mike Caldwell (2–0)   LP: Bob Forsch (0–2)   Sv: Bob McClure (2)
Home runs:
STL: None
MIL: Robin Yount (1)

Mike Caldwell pitched his second win of the Series and almost went the distance. The Brewers struck first on Ted Simmons's bases loaded groundout in the first off of Bob Forsch, but the Cardinals tied the game in the third on Keith Hernandez's RBI double. The Brewers took a 2–1 lead in the bottom half on Cecil Cooper's groundout with runners on first and third and added to their lead on Paul Molitor's RBI single in the fifth. George Hendrick's RBI single in the seventh cut the Brewers lead to 3–2, but they got that run back in the bottom of the inning on Robin Yount's home run, then added to their lead in the eighth on back-to-back RBI singles by Charlie Moore and Jim Gantner off of Bruce Sutter. The Cardinals staged a late rally in the ninth as Keith Hernandez doubled in a run and George Hendrick singled him in with two outs. Bob McClure came in and allowed a single to Darrell Porter, putting the tying run on base. McClure, however, struck out Willie McGee, then retired pinch-hitter Gene Tenace to end the game. Robin Yount set a World Series record by recording his second four-hit game, his first came in Game 1. To this day, Yount remains the only player to have multiple 4-hit games in one World Series.

This was the tenth and final World Series game at Milwaukee County Stadium (1957, 1958 and 1982) as well as the final playoff game at Milwaukee County Stadium.

Game 6

Tuesday, October 19, 1982 7:20 pm (CT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
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
WP: John Stuper (1–0)   LP: Don Sutton (0–1)
Home runs:
MIL: None
STL: Darrell Porter (1), Keith Hernandez (1)

Busch Stadium's lack of a dome caused two delays that totaled over ​2 12 hours. The Cardinals staved off elimination with a blowout win. In the second, Dane Iorg doubled with two outs off of Don Sutton and scored on an error on Willie McGee's ground ball. Tom Herr's double then made it 2–0 Cardinals. In the fourth, Darrell Porter hit a two-run home run, then Iorg tripled and scored on Herr's groundout. Keith Hernandez's two-run home run in the fifth made it 7–0 and knocked Sutton out of the game. In the sixth, Iorg hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a wild pitch by Doc Medich, and scored on McGee's single. A single and walk loaded the bases with two outs before Hernandez's single scored two, Hendrick's single scored another, and an error on Porter's ground ball scored two more. The Brewers avoided a shutout in the ninth when Jim Gantner, who doubled to leadoff the inning, scored on Glenn Brummer's wild pitch Dane Iorg had two doubles and a triple as rookie John Stuper went the distance (helped by the rain delays), scattering four hits.

Game 7

Wednesday, October 20, 1982 7:20 pm (CT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri
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
WP: Joaquín Andújar (2–0)   LP: Bob McClure (0–2)   Sv: Bruce Sutter (2)
Home runs:
MIL: Ben Oglivie (1)
STL: None

Joaquín Andújar and Pete Vuckovich opposed each other once again. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Cardinals scored first on a Lonnie Smith RBI single. Ben Oglivie tied it for the Brew Crew in the fifth with a homer, and they took a 3–1 lead in the sixth when Jim Gantner scored on an error and Cecil Cooper hit a sacrifice fly.

But, in the bottom of the sixth, Vuckovich began to run into trouble. With one out, Ozzie Smith singled and Lonnie Smith doubled him to third. Brewers manager Harvey Kuenn then pulled Vuckovich in favor of Bob McClure, who walked pinch-hitter Gene Tenace to load the bases. Keith Hernandez then tied the game with a two-run single. George Hendrick then gave the Cardinals the lead with an RBI single.

The Cardinals punctuated the scoring with two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Series MVP Darrell Porter and Steve Braun. Andújar pitched seven strong innings and Bruce Sutter pitched the eighth and ninth for his second save.

To date, this is the Brewers' most recent World Series appearance.

Composite box

1982 World Series (4–3): St. Louis Cardinals (N.L.) over Milwaukee Brewers (A.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 1 5 3 4 5 12 3 3 3 39 67 7
Milwaukee Brewers 3 1 3 1 5 4 7 4 5 33 64 11
Total attendance: 384,570   Average attendance: 54,939
Winning player's share: $43,280   Losing player's share: $31,935[13]

Aftermath

Paul Molitor set a World Series record with his fifth hit, in the ninth inning of Game 1. Robin Yount would set another record in the seventh inning of Game 5 by becoming the first player in Series history to have two four-hit games.

Cardinals catcher Darrell Porter was given the Series MVP award. Brewers pitcher Mike Caldwell, who won two games, would have been a strong candidate, as well as Molitor. Paul Molitor would eventually win the Series MVP Award 11 years later as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. As it was, the winning team won the MVP. The only player on the losing team to win the MVP was Bobby Richardson of the 1960 New York Yankees.

Both participants are currently in the NL Central, due to the transfer of the Brewers from the American League to the National League in 1998. This raises the possibility of the Brewers eventually representing two different leagues in World Series competition. That has happened three times before, taking the 19th Century contests into account: The Brooklyn Dodgers of 1889 and 1890, the Cardinals, who won the 1886 Series when they were in the American Association, and the Houston Astros, who played in both the 2005 World Series against the Chicago White Sox as a National League team, and the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers as an American League team. This also makes this one of two World Series in the modern era (1903–present) that it is not possible to have a rematch, the other being the Astros and White Sox, due to the Astros moving to the American League in 2013.

The Brewers and Cardinals would later meet in the 2011 National League Championship Series, with the Cardinals winning that series four games to two. As in 1982, the Cardinals won the 2011 World Series in seven games, this time against the Texas Rangers. As of 2015, the Cardinals' 11 championships are the most won by any National League team, and second only to the New York Yankees, who have 27. As of the 1982 World Series victory, the Cardinals had 9 championships compared to the Yankees' 22.

Broadcasting

This was the final World Series telecast for longtime NBC analyst Tony Kubek, and the only one for veteran announcer Dick Enberg. Enberg hosted the pregame shows and alternated play-by-play duties (Enberg called the middle innings) with Joe Garagiola, who was himself working his last Series in that role before moving to the color commentator position alongside Vin Scully (who called the 1982 World Series alongside Sparky Anderson for CBS Radio) the following season. Conversely, this was NBC's first Series telecast to feature Bob Costas (who served as a field reporter and hosted the World Series Trophy presentation following Game 7). Costas and Kubek would subsequently team up as the network's secondary MLB announcing team from 1983 to 1989. This included the June 23, 1984 game between St. Louis and Chicago otherwise known as the Ryne Sandberg game.[14] Tom Seaver also provided periodic color commentary for NBC throughout the series, broadcasting from field level rather than in the booth.

Notes

  1. ^ World Series History, Baseball Almanac.
  2. ^ Knoedelseder, William (2012). Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser–Busch and America's Kings of Beer. HarperCollins. p. 193. ISBN 9780062009272.
  3. ^ "The 1982 St. Louis Cardinals". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers". Baseball-Reference.com. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  5. ^ "1982 World Series Game 1 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1982 World Series Game 2 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1982 World Series Game 3 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "1982 World Series Game 4 – St. Louis Cahdinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "1982 World Series Game 5 – St. Louis Cardinals vs. Milwaukee Brewers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  10. ^ "1982 World Series Game 6 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  11. ^ "1982 World Series Game 7 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  12. ^ a b Smith, Ozzie; Rains, Rob (2002). Ozzie Smith — The Road to Cooperstown. Sports Publishing L.L.C. ISBN 1-58261-576-4. OCLC 50326570.
  13. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  14. ^ http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-costas-remembers-sandberg-game-on-its-30year-anniversary-20140623-story.html

See also

References

  • Neft, David S.; Cohen, Richard M. (1990). The World Series (1st ed.). New York: St Martins. pp. 393–397.

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A twenty-game winner in 1977, he is third amongst all Cardinals pitcher in victories with 163. He is also the only player in team history to pitch more than one no-hitter, achieving it twice in 1978 and 1983. He and Ken Forsch are the only brothers to have each performed the feat in the majors.

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David William Ricketts (July 12, 1935 – July 13, 2008) was an American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball who played parts of six seasons (1963, 1965, 1967–1970) with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. Ricketts was a reserve catcher on the 1967 World Series champion Cardinals and their 1968 pennant winners. He later served as a longtime bullpen coach of the Cardinals (1974–1975, 1978–1991), including their 1982 World Series champions and 1985 and 1987 pennant winners, after having been the bullpen coach for the Pirates from 1971 to 1973, including the 1971 World Series champions. Over his career he batted .249 with 1 home run and 20 runs batted in in 130 games played.

Ricketts was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania; his older brother Dick was the first pick in the 1955 NBA Draft, and played three years in the National Basketball Association before pitching briefly for the 1959 Cardinals. Dave Ricketts played basketball with his brother at Duquesne University, graduating in 1957 with a degree in education. He married Barbarann Boswell on August 17, 1957, and they had one daughter, Candace. He served in the military in 1958–1959. During his minor league career, he led Pacific Coast League catchers with 12 double plays in 1962 while with the Portland Beavers, and led International League catchers with 11 double plays the following year while with the Atlanta Crackers; he also led the IL in passed balls in both 1963 and 1964, playing for the Jacksonville Suns the latter season.Ricketts' tenure as a coach with the Cardinals was interrupted by two seasons as a manager in the Cardinals farm system; he led the Sarasota Cardinals to a fourth-place finish in the Gulf Coast League in 1976, and the Johnson City Cardinals to a third-place finish in the Appalachian League in 1977.Ricketts died of renal cancer on July 13, 2008.Ricketts was a good backup to Tim McCarver especially in 1967, when the Cardinals were World Champions.

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He is best known for winning the 1982 World Series of Poker Main Event, where he was able to come back from being down to one chip earlier in the tournament, which gave meaning to the poker phrase "a chip and a chair". In addition, Straus is known for successfully pulling off one of the best bluffs in the history of poker.

Jim Slaton

James Michael Slaton (born June 19, 1950) was a pitcher with a 16-year career from 1971-1986. He played in the American League with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1971–1977 and 1979–1983, the Detroit Tigers in 1978 and 1986, and the California Angels from 1984-1986.

Slaton played high school baseball at Antelope Valley High School and then played college baseball at Antelope Valley College.He is the Brewers all-time leader in Wins (117), Innings Pitched (2025.3), Games Started (268), and Shutouts (19), and he is third in Strikeouts, trailing Teddy Higuera and Ben Sheets, and Complete Games, trailing Mike Caldwell.

He represented the Brewers and the American League in the 1977 All-Star game and was the winning pitcher for the Brewers in the 4th game of the 1982 World Series against St. Louis.

After his playing career ended, he started coaching in the minor leagues. He coached in the Oakland Athletics organization from 1992–1994 and then became the pitching coach for the Class A Daytona Cubs (1995–1996), Lancaster JetHawks (1997–98) and the Tacoma Rainiers (1999–2003). In 2004, he was a special assignment coach for the Seattle Mariners and from 2005-2007 he was the Mariners bullpen coach. Before coaching in the minor or major leagues, Jim coached an all-star team for the Monte Vista Little League, while pitching for the Angels.

He was the pitching coach for the Las Vegas 51s in 2008, also serving briefly as the bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers when Ken Howell temporarily left the team for medical reasons. After the season, the Dodgers announced that Slaton would be the pitching coach in 2009 for their new Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, a position he held through 2010. In 2011, he was named the pitching coach at Camelback Ranch.

List of Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day starting pitchers

The Milwaukee Brewers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They play in the National League Central division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Brewers played their inaugural season in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots, playing home games at Sick's Stadium. The team moved to Milwaukee in 1970, and played their home games at Milwaukee County Stadium until 2000. The team's current home, Miller Park, has been the Brewers' home field since the start of the 2001 season. The Pilots/Brewers played their first 29 seasons in the American League, and switched leagues at the start of the 1998 season.The Brewers have used 28 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 47 seasons. The 28 starters have a combined Opening Day record of 15 wins, 17 losses and 15 no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game or if the starting pitcher pitches fewer than five innings. Of the 15 no decisions, the Brewers went on to win eight and lose six of those games (one ended in a tie), for a team record on Opening Day of 23–23–1.The Pilots' first Opening Day starting pitcher was Marty Pattin, who received the win in a 4–3 victory against the California Angels. After the team's move to Milwaukee in 1970, Lew Krausse Jr. was charged with the loss in a game at Milwaukee County Stadium vs. the Angels. Ben Sheets holds the club record for most Opening Day starts with six, from 2002 through 2005 and again in both 2007 and 2008. Sheets has a 3–0 record as a starter on Opening Day, the franchise's best record. Marty Pattin and Mike Caldwell also have perfect records; both won each of their two starts. The Brewers' 17 Opening Day losses by starters are distributed among 16 different pitchers, each having lost one game, excluding Yovani Gallardo, who has lost two.Steve Woodard received an unusual no-decision in 2000, when the team's Opening Day game against the Cincinnati Reds was called in the sixth inning due to rain, with the score tied at 3. This was the first Opening Day tie game since 1965.The Brewers advanced to the playoffs in 1981, 1982, 2008, and 2011. The franchise's first playoff experience was in the strike-shortened 1981 season. In a special format created for that season, the Brewers were the second-half champion and lost the AL Division Series to the first-half champion, the New York Yankees, in five games. Mike Caldwell had started and won on Opening Day that season, but the team's playoff opener had Moose Haas start and lose a 5–3 game to the Yankees. The Brewers' lost the 1982 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games; Pete Vuckovich was the Opening Day starter and winner that season and Mike Caldwell was the starting pitcher in the team's first World Series appearance, a 10–0 win. In the 2008 season, Ben Sheets was the Opening Starter in a no-decision; Yovani Gallardo started and lost the first game of the 2008 National League Division Series, which was won by the Philadelphia Phillies in four games.Overall, the Brewers' Opening Day starting pitchers have a record of 3 wins and 2 losses at Milwaukee County Stadium and 2 wins and 3 losses at Miller Park. The Brewers' Opening Day starting pitchers' combined home record is 5 wins and 5 losses, and their away record is 10 wins and 11 losses.

List of St. Louis Cardinals in the Baseball Hall of Fame

The St. Louis Cardinals, a Major League baseball (MLB) franchise based in St. Louis, Missouri, have competed in the National League (NL) since 1892, and in the American Association (AA) from 1882 to 1891. They have won 11 World Series titles, one additional interleague championship and were co-champions (tied) in another prior to the modern World Series. Known as the Cardinals from 1900 to the present, the St. Louis franchise were also known as the Brown Stockings (1882), Browns (1883–98), and Perfectos (1899). A total of 37 players and other personnel associated with the Cardinals have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

The first former Cardinals players to be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame were John McGraw and Cy Young in 1937, the second year of the Museum's annual balloting. Rogers Hornsby was the first to be inducted as Cardinal, which occurred in 1942. Of the 37 former Cardinals elected to the Hall of Fame, 17 have been inducted as Cardinals and nine with the Cardinals logo on their cap. The latest former Cardinals personnel to be inducted were Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, which occurred in 2014.

In addition, two separate awards – the Ford Frick Award and J. G. Taylor Spink Award – while not conferring the status of enshrining their recipients as members of the Hall of Fame, honor the works of a total of six sportswriters and broadcasters in connection with their coverage of the Cardinals. The Cardinals also have a franchise hall of fame known as the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum located within Ballpark Village adjacent to Busch Stadium, the Cardinals' home stadium.

Moose Haas

Bryan Edmund "Moose" Haas (born April 22, 1956) is a former professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1976 to 1987. He appeared in the 1982 World Series as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Haas initially signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Clemson before being drafted in the second round of the 1974 Major League Baseball draft by the Brewers.On April 12, 1978, Haas struck out 14 batters, breaking the record for strikeouts in a single game for the Brewers. This franchise record stood for 26 years until it was broken by Ben Sheets. In 1983, he led the American League in pitcher winning percentage with 13 wins and three losses. Haas spent the first ten seasons of his career in Milwaukee before being traded to the Oakland Athletics in 1986 for Steve Kiefer, Charlie O'Brien and two minor league players.Haas publicly stated that his father gave him that nickname upon birth: "My father gave it to me when I was born. I wasn't that big, only seven and a quarter pounds, but I guess I looked to my father like I was going to be big. It didn't work out."

Steve Mura

Stephen Andrew Mura (born February 12, 1955) is a retired Major League Baseball player. A pitcher, Mura played from 1978-1985 with the San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox, and Oakland Athletics. He was a member of the Cardinals' 1982 World Series winning team.

Whitey Herzog

Dorrel Norman Elvert "Whitey" Herzog (; born November 9, 1931) is a former Major League Baseball manager. Born in New Athens, Illinois, he made his debut as a player in 1956 with the Washington Senators. After his playing career ended in 1963, Herzog went on to perform a variety of roles in Major League Baseball, including scout, manager, general manager and farm system director. Most noted for his success as a manager, he led the Kansas City Royals to three consecutive playoff appearances from 1976 to 1978. Hired by Gussie Busch in 1980 to helm the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cardinals won the 1982 World Series over the Milwaukee Brewers and made two other World Series appearances in 1985 and 1987 under Herzog's direction. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 25, 2010, and was inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum on August 16, 2014.

Whiteyball

Whiteyball is a style of playing baseball that was developed by former Major League Baseball manager Whitey Herzog. The term was coined by the press during the 1982 World Series to describe the style of Herzog's St. Louis Cardinals. The team won the Series without a typical power hitter, instead using speed on the base paths, solid pitching, excellent defense, and line drive base hits. Whiteyball was well-suited to the fast, hard AstroTurf surface that Busch Memorial Stadium had at the time, which created large, unpredictable bounces when the ball hit it at sharp angles. In his book "White Rat", Herzog says the approach was a response to the spacious, artificial surface stadiums of the time. He said of the media's dismay at his teams' success:

They seemed to think there was something wrong with the way we played baseball, with speed and defense and line-drive hitters. They called it "Whitey-ball" and said it couldn't last.

Herzog used this strategy until he left the Cardinals in 1990.

A 2012 sports article described Whiteyball as follows:

"The '82 Series marked the start of Whiteyball, the Herzog style which stressed base running and pitching, though Herzog attributes that to the nature of Busch Stadium II, which didn't reward the long ball."Herzog used many switch-hitters such as Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Tom Herr, Terry Pendleton, Vince Coleman, José Oquendo, Garry Templeton, Ted Simmons, Luis Alicea, Mike Ramsey, Tony Scott, and Félix José in St. Louis, along with Willie Wilson and U L Washington when he managed in Kansas City. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost used his own version of Whiteyball to get to the 2014 World Series.

Willie McGee

Willie Dean McGee (born November 2, 1958) is a retired professional baseball player who won two batting titles and was named Major League Baseball's 1985 National League MVP. McGee primarily played center and right field, winning three Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence. McGee spent the majority of his 18-year career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, helping the Cardinals win the 1982 World Series with his outstanding performance in Game 3 of that series. A four-time All-Star, McGee accumulated 2,254 hits during his career.

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