1982 St. Louis Cardinals season

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This article is about the Major League Baseball team. For the National Football League team, see 1982 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season.
1982 St. Louis Cardinals
1982 NL East Champions
1982 NL Champions
1982 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 92–70 (.568)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
Manager(s) Whitey Herzog
Local television KSDK
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph)
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Dan Kelly)
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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 year'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 defeated the National League West champion Atlanta Braves in three straight games to claim their first NL pennant since 1968. 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.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

First baseman Keith Hernandez and shortstop Ozzie Smith won Gold Gloves this year.

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
St. Louis Cardinals 92 70 .568 --
Philadelphia Phillies 89 73 .549 3
Montreal Expos 86 76 .531 6
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 78 .519 8
Chicago Cubs 73 89 .451 19
New York Mets 65 97 .401 27

Opening Day lineup[edit]

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Notable games[edit]

  • 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 Sanchez 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. [8]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1982 St. Louis Cardinals roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Porter, DarrellDarrell Porter 120 373 86 .231 12 48
1B Hernandez, KeithKeith Hernandez 160 579 173 .299 7 94
2B Herr, TomTom Herr 135 493 131 .266 0 36
3B Oberkfell, KenKen Oberkfell 137 470 136 .289 2 34
SS Smith, OzzieOzzie Smith 140 488 121 .248 2 43
LF Smith, LonnieLonnie Smith 156 592 182 .307 8 69
CF McGee, WillieWillie McGee 123 422 125 .296 4 56
RF Hendrick, GeorgeGeorge Hendrick 136 515 145 .282 19 104

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
González, JulioJulio González 42 87 21 .241 1 7
Braun, SteveSteve Braun 58 62 17 .274 0 4

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Andújar, JoaquínJoaquín Andújar 38 265.2 15 10 2.47 137
Forsch, BobBob Forsch 36 233 15 9 3.48 69
Mura, SteveSteve Mura 35 184.1 12 11 4.05 84

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rasmussen, EricEric Rasmussen 8 18.1 1 2 4.42 15

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Sutter, BruceBruce Sutter 70 9 8 36 2.90 61
Bair, DougDoug Bair 63 5 3 8 2.55 68
Kaat, JimJim Kaat 63 5 3 2 4.08 35

Postseason[edit]

NLCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 7, Busch Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
St. Louis 0 0 1 0 0 5 0 1 X 7 13 1
W: Bob Forsch (1-0)  L: Pascual Pérez (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: ATL – None   STL – None

Game 2[edit]

October 9, Busch Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
St. Louis 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 4 9 1
W: Bruce Sutter (1-0)  L: Gene Garber (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: ATL – None   STL – None

Game 3[edit]

October 10, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 12 0
Atlanta 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 1
W: Joaquín Andújar (1-0)  L: Rick Camp (0-1)   SV: Bruce Sutter (1)
HRs: ATL – None   STLWillie McGee (1)

World Series[edit]

Main article: 1982 World Series

In Game 3, rookie outfielder Willie McGee hit two home runs, tying a World Series record for rookies.

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

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 honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Redbirds American Association Joe Frazier
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Gaylen Pitts and Nick Leyva
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Nick Leyva and Gaylen Pitts
A Springfield Cardinals Midwest League Dave Bialas
A Gastonia Cardinals South Atlantic League Lloyd Merritt
Short-Season A Erie Cardinals New York-Penn League Joe Rigoli
Rookie Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Rich Hacker

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Montreal Expos
1981
NL East Championship Season
1982
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Phillies
1983
Preceded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1981
National League Championship Season
1982
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Phillies
1983