1982 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers season was the 13th season for the franchise. The team finished with the best record in MLB (95–67) and won their first and only American League Championship.

1982 Milwaukee Brewers
American League Champion
American League East Division Champion
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Bud Selig
General manager(s)Harry Dalton
Manager(s)Buck Rodgers and Harvey Kuenn
Local televisionWVTV
(Steve Shannon, Mike Hegan)
Local radioWISN (AM)
(Bob Uecker, Dwayne Mosely)
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As a team, the Brewers led Major League Baseball in a number of offensive categories, including at bats (5733), runs scored (891), home runs (216), runs batted in (843), slugging percentage (.455), on-base plus slugging (.789), total bases (2606) and extra-base hits (534).[1]


  • October 23, 1981: Rickey Keeton was traded by the Brewers to the Houston Astros for Pete Ladd.[2]
  • January 12, 1982: Tom Pagnozzi was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 24th round of the 1982 amateur draft, but did not sign.[3]
  • February 26, 1982: John Flinn was released by the Brewers.[4]

Regular season

  • August 27, 1982: Against the Brewers, Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's record for most stolen bases in one season. Doc Medich was on the mound when Henderson broke the record.[5]
  • September 24, 1982: Robin Yount had 6 RBIs in a game against the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Paul Molitor's 136 runs not only led the American League, but they were the most scored in the league since 1949.
  • Robin Yount became the first shortstop in American League history to lead the league in slugging percentage. He would go on to lead the league in hits, doubles, and total bases as he was voted the American League Most Valuable Player.

Season standings

The Brewers traveled to Baltimore needing to just win one game out of a four-game finale against the Orioles. The Brewers dropped the first three. They then won the last regular season game of the year in what was essentially a one-game playoff against the Orioles.[6]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 9567 0.586 48–34 47–33
Baltimore Orioles 9468 0.580 1 53–28 41–40
Boston Red Sox 8973 0.549 6 49–32 40–41
Detroit Tigers 8379 0.512 12 47–34 36–45
New York Yankees 7983 0.488 16 42–39 37–44
Cleveland Indians 7884 0.481 17 41–40 37–44
Toronto Blue Jays 7884 0.481 17 44–37 34–47

Record vs. opponents

Baltimore 4–97–55–76–77–64–89–4–18–411–27–57–59–310–3
Boston 9–47–54–86–78–56–64–96–67–68–47–510–27–6
California 5–75–78–58–45–77–66–67–67–59–410–38–58–4
Chicago 7–58–45–86–69–33–103–97–68–49–46–78–58–4
Cleveland 7–67–64–86–66–72–107–68–44–94–89–37–57–6
Detroit 6–75–87–53–97–66–63–109–38–59–36–68–46–7
Kansas City 8–46–66–710–310–26–67–57–65–77–67–67–64–8
Milwaukee 4–9–19–46–69–36–710–35–77–58–57–58–47–59–4
Minnesota 4–86–66–76–74–83–96–75–72–103–105–85–85–7
New York 2–116–75–74–89–45–87–55–810–27–56–67–56–7
Oakland 5–74–84–94–98–43–96–75–710–35–76–75–83–9
Seattle 5–75–73–107–63–96–66–74–88–56–67–69–47–5
Texas 3–92–105–85–85–74–86–75–78–55–78–54–94–8
Toronto 3–106–74–84–86–77–68–44–97–57–69–35–78–4

Notable transactions

  • May 14, 1982: Rob Picciolo was traded by the Oakland Athletics to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mike Warren and John Evans (minors).[7]
  • June 7, 1982: Dale Sveum was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (25th pick) of the 1982 amateur draft. Player signed June 14, 1982.[8]
  • August 30, 1982: The Brewers traded players to be named later and cash to the Houston Astros for Don Sutton. The Brewers completed the trade by sending Kevin Bass, Frank DiPino, and Mike Madden to the Astros on September 3.[9]


1982 Milwaukee Brewers
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



  • -- Pat Dobson (Pitching)
  • 12 Larry Haney (Bullpen)
  • 18 Ron Hansen (First Base)
  • 32 Harvey Kuenn (Hitting 4/9 – 6/2)
  • 38 Cal McLish (Pitching)
  • 36 Harry Warner (Third Base)

Game log

Regular season

1982 regular season game log: 95–67–1 (Home: 48–34; Away: 47–33–1)
April: 9–8 (Home: 3–4; Away: 6–4)
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April 6IndiansPostponed (Cold) (Makeup date: September 2)
April 8IndiansPostponed (Snow) (Makeup date: September 2)
April 20Blue JaysPostponed (Cold) (Makeup date: August 12)
May: 13–16 (Home: 7–8; Away: 6–8)
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June: 20–7–1 (Home: 5–5; Away: 15–2–1)
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July: 16–11 (Home: 11–5; Away: 5–6)
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July 6@ White SoxPostponed (Rain; Site change) (Makeup date: July 15)
August: 19–11 (Home: 10–6; Away: 9–5)
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September: 17–11 (Home: 12–6; Away: 5–5)
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October: 1–3 (Home: 0–0; Away: 1–3)
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Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Brewers team member

Postseason Game log

1982 Postseason game log: 6–6 (Home: 5–1; Away: 1–5)
AL Championship Series: vs. California Angels 3–2 (Home: 3–0; Away: 0–2)
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1October 57:25 p.m. CDT@ Angels3–8John (1–0)Caldwell (0–1)64,4060–1L1
2October 67:15 p.m. CDT@ Angels2–4Kison (1–0)Vuckovich (0–1)64,1790–2L2
3October 82:15 p.m. CDTAngels5–3Sutton (1–0)Zahn (0–1)Ladd (1)50,1351–2W1
4October 912 Noon CDTAngels9–5Haas (1–0)John (1–1)Slaton (1)51,0032–2W2
5October 103:20 p.m. CDTAngels4–3McClure (1–0)Sánchez (0–1)Ladd (2)54,9683–2W3
World Series: vs. St. Louis Cardinals 3–4 (Home: 2–1; Away: 1–3)
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1October 127:30 p.m. CDT@ Cardinals10–0Caldwell (1–0)Forsch (0–1)53,7231–0W1
2October 137:20 p.m. CDT@ Cardinals4–5Sutter (1–0)McClure (0–1)53,7231–1L1
3October 157:30 p.m. CDTCardinals2–6Andújar (1–0)Vuckovich (0–1)Sutter (1)56,5561–2L2
4October 1612:20 p.m. CDTCardinals7–5Slaton (1–0)Bair (0–1)McClure (1)56,5602–2W1
5October 173:45 p.m. CDTCardinals6–4Caldwell (2–0)Forsch (0–2)McClure (2)56,5623–2W2
6October 197:20 p.m. CDT@ Cardinals1–13Stuper (1–0)Sutton (0–1)53,7233–3L1
7October 207:20 p.m. CDT@ Cardinals3–6Andújar (2–0)McClure (0–2)Sutter (2)53,7233–4L2
Legend:        = Win        = Loss        = Postponement
Bold = Brewers team member

Player stats

Starters by position

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
CTed Simmons137539145.2692397
1BCecil Cooper155654205.31332121
2BJim Gantner132447132.295443
3BPaul Molitor160666201.3021971
SSRobin Yount156635210.33129114
LFBen Oglivie159602147.24434102
CFGorman Thomas158567139.24539112
RFCharlie Moore133456116.254645
DHRoy Howell9830078.260438

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Don Money9627578.2841655
Marshall Edwards6917844.247214
Ed Romero5214436.25017
Mark Brouhard4010829.269410
Ned Yost409827.27618
Larry Hisle9314.12925
Rob Picciolo22216.28601
Kevin Bass1890.00000
Bob Skube432.66700

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Caldwell35258.017133.9175
Pete Vuckovich30223.21863.34105
Moose Haas32193.11184.47104
Bob McClure34172.21274.2299
Randy Lerch21108.2874.9733
Don Sutton754.2413.2936

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Slaton39117.21063.2959
Jerry Augustine2062.0135.0822
Doc Medich1063.0545.0036

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rollie Fingers5056292.6071
Dwight Bernard473163.7645
Jamie Easterly280224.7016
Pete Ladd161334.0012
Doug Jones400010.131
Chuck Porter30004.913



Game 1, October 5

Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 021 000 000 372
California 104 210 00X 8100
W: Tommy John (1-0)   L: Mike Caldwell (0-1)   S: None
HR: MIL Gorman Thomas (1)  CAL Fred Lynn (1)
Pitchers: MIL Caldwell, Slaton (4), Ladd (7), Bernard (8)  CAL John
Attendance: 64,406

Game 2, October 6

Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 000 020 000 250
California 021 100 00x 460
W: Bruce Kison (1-0)   L: Pete Vuckovich (0-1)   S: None
HR: MIL Paul Molitor (1)  CAL Reggie Jackson (1)
Pitchers: MIL Vuckovich  CAL Kison
Attendance: 64,179

Game 3, October 8

Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California 000 000 030 380
Milwaukee 000 300 200 560
W: Don Sutton (1-0)   L: Geoff Zahn (0-1)   S: Pete Ladd (1)
HR: CAL Bob Boone (1)  MIL Paul Molitor (2)
Pitchers: CAL Zahn, Witt (4), Hassler (7)  MIL Sutton, Ladd (8)
Attendance: 50,135

Game 4, October 9

Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California 000 001 040 553
Milwaukee 030 301 020 992
W: Moose Haas (1-0)   L: Tommy John (1-1)   S: Jim Slaton (1)
HR: CAL Don Baylor (1)  MIL Mark Brouhard (1)
Pitchers: CAL John, Goltz (4), Sanchez (8)  MIL Haas, Slaton (8)
Attendance: 51,003

Game 5, October 10

Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California 101 100 000 3111
Milwaukee 100 100 20x 464
W: Bob McClure (1-0)   L: Luis Sánchez (0-1)   S: Pete Ladd (1)
HR: CAL None  MIL Ben Oglivie (1)
Pitchers: CAL Kison, Sanchez (6), Hassler (7)  MIL Vuckovich, McClure (7), Ladd (9)
Attendance: 54,968

Game 5 proved to be the most dramatic of the series. The Angels got a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a double by Brian Downing and a single by Fred Lynn. But Milwaukee tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Paul Molitor doubled and eventually came home on a sacrifice fly by Ted Simmons. The Angels made it 2-1 in the third on an RBI single from Fred Lynn, and stretched the lead to 3-1 in the fourth on a run-scoring single from Bob Boone. Milwaukee cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth on Ben Oglivie's homer. The score remained unchanged until the bottom of the seventh, when disaster struck the Angels. Milwaukee loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. Cecil Cooper then cracked the series-winning hit, a two-run single that put the Brewers ahead 4-3. The Milwaukee bullpen kept the Angels off the board in the final two innings, and the Brewers took home the franchise's first American League pennant.

1982 World Series

Though the teams had never met, the cities had an existing commercial rivalry in the beer market, as St. Louis is the home of Anheuser Busch while Milwaukee is the home of Miller Brewing. This led to the Series being nicknamed the "Suds Series".

Paul Molitor set a World Series record with his fifth hit in the 9th inning of Game 1. Robin Yount would set another record in the 7th inning of Game 5 by becoming the first player in Series history to have two four-hit games in one Series.

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 playing a World Series in two different leagues.

Game 1

October 12, 1982, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 200 112 004 10170
St. Louis Cardinals 000 000 000 031
W: Mike Caldwell (1-0)   L: Bob Forsch (0-1)
HR: MIL Ted Simmons (1)

Game 2

October 13, 1982, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 012 010 000 4101
St. Louis Cardinals 002 002 01X 580
W: Bruce Sutter (1-0)   L: Bob McClure (0-1)
HR: MIL Ted Simmons (2)

Game 3

October 15, 1982, at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 000 030 201 661
Milwaukee Brewers 000 000 020 253
W: Joaquín Andújar (1-0)   S: Bruce Sutter (1)   L: Pete Vuckovich (0-1)
HR: STL Willie McGee 2, (2)    MIL Cecil Cooper (1)

The Brewers bats were initially stymied by Cardinals starter Joaquín Andújar, while rookie Willie McGee shocked everyone with two home runs off Brewers ace Pete Vuckovich, helping give the Cardinals a 5-0 lead. In a scary moment, Andújar was knocked out of the game when Cecil Cooper hit a line drive that hit Andújar in the leg, though the injury turned out to not be very serious. With bullpen ace Bruce Sutter pitching in relief, the Brewers attempted a comeback in the 8th inning. With two out, Cecil Cooper hit a 2-run homer to put Milwaukee on the board. The Brewers then got two base-runners, with Gorman Thomas representing the tying run. Thomas hit a deep fly ball to right-center field, but McGee, becoming the star of the game, made a leaping grab to rob Thomas of a potential game-tying home run. The Cardinals scored an insurance run in the 9th, and Sutter closed out the Brewers for the 6-2 Cardinals win and giving St. Louis a 2-1 Series lead.

Game 4

October 16, 1982, at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 130 001 000 581
Milwaukee Brewers 000 010 60X 7102
W: Jim Slaton (1-0)   S: Bob McClure (1)   L: Doug Bair (0-1)

The Cardinals pounced early on Brewers starter Moose Haas, scoring 3 runs in the second and had a 5-1 lead going into the seventh inning. From there, the Brewers bats suddenly came alive. Jim Gantner started the scoring with an RBI double. After a Paul Molitor walk, Robin Yount followed with a bases-loaded 2-run single to put the Brewers within 1 run. Cecil Cooper then scored Molitor with an infield hit to tie the game. 3 batters later, with two outs, Gorman Thomas hit a 2-run double to give the Brewers the lead. Bob McClure then finished the Cardinals off for the save, giving the Brewers a crucial Game 4 win, tying the Series 2-2.

Game 5

October 17, 1982, at Milwaukee County Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 001 000 102 4152
Milwaukee Brewers 101 010 12X 6111
W: Mike Caldwell (2-0)   S: Bob McClure (2)   L: Bob Forsch (0-2)
HR: MIL Robin Yount (1)

Game 6

October 19, 1982, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 000 000 001 144
St. Louis Cardinals 020 326 00X 13121
W: John Stuper (1-0)   L: Don Sutton (0-1)
HR: STL Darrell Porter (1)    Keith Hernandez (1)

Game 7

October 20, 1982, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 000 012 000 370
St. Louis Cardinals 000 103 02X 6151
W: Joaquín Andújar (2-0)   S: Bruce Sutter (2)  L: Bob McClure (0-2)
HR: MIL Ben Oglivie (1)

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 solo 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 intentionally 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.

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 153 4512 333 39677
Milwaukee Brewers 313 154 745 336411
Total Attendance: 384,570   Average Attendance: 54,939
Winning Player's Share: $43,280,   Losing Player's Share $31,935 * Includes Playoffs and World Series

Awards and honors

League leaders

*= Tied with Reggie Jackson


All-Star Game



Farm system

The Brewers' farm system consisted of five minor league affiliates in 1982.[10]

Level Team League Manager
Triple-A Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League Dick Phillips
Double-A El Paso Diablos Texas League Tony Muser
Class A Stockton Ports California League Duane Espy
Class A Beloit Brewers Midwest League Terry Bevington
Rookie Pikeville Brewers Appalachian League Tim Nordbrook


  1. "Sortable Player Stats". MLB.com. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  2. Pete Ladd at Baseball Reference
  3. "Tom Pagnozzi Stats".
  4. John Flinn at Baseball Reference
  5. Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records, p. 52, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  6. October 3, 1982: Brewers hold off Orioles' charge in season finale, SABR (Society for American Baseball Research), Lee Kluck.
  7. "Rob Picciolo Stats".
  8. Dale Sveum at Baseball Reference
  9. Don Sutton at Baseball Reference
  10. "1982 Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved December 30, 2020.


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