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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John Mozeliak looks on from the stands during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on July 28, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

Bob Forsch and Game 1 of the 1982 NLCS

After the Cardinals clinched the NL East title in Montreal on September 27th, relief pitcher Jim Kaat said, “This is like winning the first leg of the Triple Crown. We’ve just won the Kentucky Derby, now there’s two big races to go.”

The next big race was the NLCS against the Western Division Champions, Atlanta Braves. The Braves were managed by former Cardinal Joe Torre, and on his staff were other former Cardinals, Bob Gibson and Dal Maxvill.

The key game in the 1982 NLCS turned out to be Game 1: Take 2.

Game 1: Take 1, was a rainout. In other words, with two outs away from an official game, and the Braves leading 1-0, the umpires stopped the game during an downpour. The game never re-started and was postponed to the following night, in which Game 1 began from the start.

Game 1: Take 2, started much like Take 1, but eventually the Cardinals took control during a 5 run 6th inning, on the way to a 7-0 win. Bob Forsch kept the Braves hitters off balance all night and pitched an complete game gem, in which he only yielded three hits.

Game 2 was close, but the Cardinals pulled out a 4-3 win. Game 3 was anti-climatic, with the Cardinals scoring 4 runs in the second inning and winning 6-2, sweeping the series 3-0.

The Cardinals were then propelled into their first World Series since 1968, against the American League Champs, Milwaukee Brewer.

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