By Zane Miller
On Wednesday, October 20th, 1982, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to win the 79th World Series four games to three. It was the ninth World Series championship for the Cardinals franchise and the eighth that was won in Missouri. These are the top five players that I felt most stood out during the series.
5. #17 Jim Gantner (Brewers)- 2B
Gantner was player of the game in game one, as he hit two RBIs with two runs and two hits as the Brewers went on to win it 10-0 to start off the series.
4. #15 Darrell Porter (Cardinals)- C
Porter got player of the game honors in game two, picking up two RBIs and two hits as the Cardinals claimed a 5-4 victory.
3. #51 Willie McGee (Cardinals)- CF
McGee earned player of the game honors in game three with four RBIs driven in, along with two runs, two hits and a walk in the Cardinals’ 6-2 win.
2. #19 Robin Yount (Brewers)- SS
Yount was player of the game in games four and five, as game four saw him knock in a pair of RBIs with one run and two hits in the Brewers’ 7-5 victory. Game five saw Yount drive in an RBI on two runs and four hits in the Brewers’ 6-4 win to take the series lead.
1. #37 Keith Hernandez (Cardinals)- 1B
Hernandez came through for the Cardinals to win player of the game in games six and seven, as in game six he got four RBIs along with two runs and two hits as the Cardinals won 13-1 to force a game seven. In that game seven, he earned two RBIs with one run, two hits and two walks in the Cardinals’ 6-3 win to claim the series championship.
Players of the Game Breakdown:
Link to stats database: https://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1982_WS.shtml
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