Many people may not soon forget the amazing run the St. Louis Cardinals had in 2011 on their way to the World Series, but the storied Cardinals team history runs deeper than just one season.  A magical season also occurred in 1982, where the Cardinals went 92-70 and won the National League East.  If you remember, those were the days of just two divisions in each league.  The Cardinals then went on to sweep the Atlanta Braves before they won in an epic seven game series versus the Milwaukee Brewers.

30 years later, the Brewers and Cardinals will play again as National League Central foes, and it is a fitting time to reflect on that 1982 season.  The Cardinals have announced that more than 20 1982 Cardinals players will come to the three-game series at Busch Stadium to be honored this weekend (August 3-5).

The players that have confirmed they will be there include:

  • Ozzie Smith
  • Whitey Herzog
  • Bruce Sutter
  • Red Schoendienst
  • Keith Hernandez
  • Ken Oberkfell
  • Dave LaPoint
  • Jim Kaat
  • John Stuper
  • Jeff Lahti
  • Steve Mura
  • John Martin
  • Doug Bair
  • Jeff Keener
  • Tito Landrum
  • David Green
  • Gene Roof
  • Dane Iorg
  • Mike Ramsey
  • Glenn Brummer
  • Joe McDonald
  • Gene Gieselmann

In addition, fans that come to Friday's game will see the man who made the final out of the ’82 season: hall-of-famer Bruce Sutter.  Sutter will sign autographs at Busch Bash in Ford Plaza prior to game, and the first 25,000 ticketed fans will receive a Bruce Sutter bobblehead.

The players are expected to participate in a special on-field parade and ceremony on Saturday's game as well.

On Sunday, as the first 12,000 ticketed fans ages 15 and younger will receive a 1982 World Champion Cardinals Build-A-Bear.  While the Brewers will wear their current uniforms, the Cardinals will sport 1982 “Victory Blue” road uniforms. This will be the first time the Cardinals have worn the “Victory Blue” for fans in St. Louis.

Sunday's game will be telecast nationally on ESPN.  To accommodate the national broadcast, the game will start at 7:05 p.m.   All the games, with special pre-game programs, will air on Sedalia's radio home of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Newstalk 1050 KSIS.