The Team That Almost Did It: 1982 Brewers welcomed back to Miller Park

Posted at 5:09 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 19:52:55-04

It was one of the greatest teams in Wisconsin sports history: the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers.

Making it all the way to the World Series, the Brewers fell in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first and only time Milwaukee made it to the World Series in their storied 38 years as a franchise. 

On Friday, the Brewers honored the 1982 team at Miller Park prior to their game against the Phillies. Members of the '82 team including Cecil Cooper, Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers, and Gorman Thames were on hand for the ceremony. 

"With the Cardinals and ourselves, it just made for good theater," Yount said. Robin Yount set a record becoming the first person to record two four-hit games in a World Series. 

"This city is a baseball city, it's a baseball town," Fingers said. Rollie Fingers was the Brewers closer but he did not play in the World Series due to a torn muscle in his arm. "You put a winner on the field, people are going to fall in love with you."

The current Brewers are in first place in the National League Central Division standings. The last time the Brewers won the NL Central was 2011. Milwaukee was eliminated that year in the National League Championship Series by - who else - the St. Louis Cardinals.