Cardinals: 5 memorable moments from 1982 Championship Season

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: (L-R) MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn presents the World Series trophy to Gussie Busch and Whitey Herzog of the St. Louis Cardinals as NBC broadcaster Bob Costas looks on during World Series game seven between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers on October 20, 1982 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Brewers 6-3. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 20: (L-R) MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn presents the World Series trophy to Gussie Busch and Whitey Herzog of the St. Louis Cardinals as NBC broadcaster Bob Costas looks on during World Series game seven between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers on October 20, 1982 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Brewers 6-3. (Photo by Rich Pilling/Getty Images) /
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ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 08: St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial is remembered in a pregame ceremony before the Opening Day game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds on April 8, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO – APRIL 08: St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial is remembered in a pregame ceremony before the Opening Day game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds on April 8, 2013 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Glenn Brummer’s mad dash

On August 22, 1982, Glenn Brummer became the most famous third string catcher in the history of the Cardinals. The little-used Brummer stole home with two outs in the bottom of 12th to give the Cardinals a 5-4 victory against the San Francisco Giants.

What made Brummer’s suicide squeeze even more of a rarity was there was a 1-2 count on the batter at the plate, David Green. Even in the Whitey Herzog era where stolen bases were encouraged, and left to the judgement of the player on base, Brummer’s steal was still a surprise to his manager, third base coach, teammates, the San Francisco Giants, or any of the over 46,000 fans in Busch Stadium.

Herzog said “we tell them, if they think they can make it, to go ahead, but trying to steal home with two outs and a 1-2 count, violates most, if not all, the unwritten rules of baseball,” The Cardinal manager added, “Nobody knew he was coming, I didn’t either.”

Brummer, who was signed as an undrafted amateur free agent in 1974 by the Cardinals, wouldn’t have been in the lineup that August day, if it hadn’t been for Dane Iorg’s wife going into labor. With Iorg at the hospital with with his wife, Herzog penciled Brummer in the lineup.

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