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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Bruce Sutter and Game 7

What you see today from closers is often a one inning outing. However, Bruce Sutter was relief workhorse who would bring his split finger fast ball for two or three innings to save a game. Game 7 of the 1982 World Series was no exception..

Game 7 was highlighted by RBI  singles by Lonnie Smith, Keith Hernandez, George Hendrick, Darrell Porter, and Steve Braun. It was also highlighted by Joaquin Andujar giving the Cardinals seven strong innings before turning it over to Bruce Sutter.

However, it was Sutter’s 8th and 9th innings and who he had to face in those two innings, which makes this game memorable.

Inheriting a 4-3 lead, Sutter started the 8th by going up against the heart of the Brewer lineup. The right hander started the inning by getting Paul Monitor to ground out, then struck out Robin Yount, and induced Cecil Cooper into a ground out.

With the Cardinals leading 6-3 going into the ninth, Sutter once again set the lineup down in order. The final out being a swinging strikeout of Gorman Thomas. The Game 7 scene has always been completed by Porter and Sutter running into each other’s arms after Thomas’ strikeout.

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