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FOX Sports Midwest 1982 World Series Championship Reunion Weekend

The 1982 St. Louis Cardinals are coming together this weekend at Busch Stadium and FOX Sports Midwest will feature extensive coverage of the legendary club’s World Series Championship Reunion. The Cardinals will be entertaining their 1982 World Series rival, the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday through Sunday, August 3 – 5.

The three day-celebration kicks off Friday as the Cardinals Live pre-game show will include features related to the reunion. 1982 closer and Baseball Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter is the guest of honor that evening. Engine #42, who collected the final out of the 1982 Series, is scheduled to be interviewed on-air during the third inning and some of his teammates may appear on the broadcast as well.

The weekend’s highlight will be before Saturday’s game when members of the championship club enter Busch Stadium in a special parade similar to the opening day motorcade and are celebrated in an on-field ceremony. Among the 1982 Cardinals scheduled to appear are Sutter, Ozzie Smith, Whitey Herzog, 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 and Gene Gieselmann.

On Saturday, Dan McLaughlin will host a roundtable discussion with members of the 1982 Cardinals at Lumiere Theater. FOX Sports Midwest will tape the proceedings with plans to air the show at a later date.

FOX Sports Midwest’s Saturday pre-game show will begin 30 minutes early, at 5 p.m. CT. The pre-game ceremony honoring the 1982 Cardinals will be shown live and commercial free to ensure fans don’t miss anything.

The weekend environment will be very much “1982.”

As the images provided by FOX Sports Midwest indicate, the game opening and pre-first pitch graphics will be modeled after those used during televised baseball in 1982. To celebrate the occasion, the Cardinals will wear replica 1982 “home” white uniforms Saturday while the Brewers will wear 1982 powder blue “road” uniforms.

During Saturday’s game, live interviews with members of the 1982 Cardinals will be featured. The live post-game show will air from Lumiere Place, where 1982 Cardinals players are expected to be in attendance.

Even before Saturday, be sure to follow @FSMidwest on Twitter for giveaways for correct answers to 1982 Cardinals trivia. Watch for additional information on how to interact via Twitter as part of the Reunion Weekend.

Footnote: The 1982 team became the first Cardinals club to reach the post-season in 14 seasons and ended a 15-year title drought. The club went 92-70 during the regular season, winning their first-ever National League East Division title by three games over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Cards defeated the National League West champion Atlanta Braves in three straight to claim the pennant. The World Series went a full seven games before the Cardinals vanquished the American League champion Brewers. The late Darrell Porter was named the Most Valuable Player in both the NL Championship Series and World Series.

24 more seasons would elapse until the Cardinals’ next title, with 1982 being their last in Busch Stadium II.

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11 Responses to “FOX Sports Midwest 1982 World Series Championship Reunion Weekend”

  1. blingboy says:

    Can they suit up?

  2. blingboy says:

    The Phillies have the chance to unload about $90M payroll commitment to 34 year old Cliff Lee, now that the Dodgers have put in a claim. Any guesses how it turns out.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Phils won’t want the PR hit of giving him away for nothing. May depend on how much more the Dodgers will pay beyond his remaining salary. I have no feel for the depth of their appetite.

    • Brian Walton says:

      Philly GM Amaro (RCs friend) says Lee is not going anywhere.

      Hundreds of players are put through waivers each August. I never understand why certain players receive unusual attention.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Reuben Amaro put Lee on waivers. The reason is the possibility of shipping Lee elsewhere.

        The Phils just dumped Hunter Pence, merely a year after adding him. They unloaded Victorino. Amaro would move Cliff Lee too, if another team shouldered much of his contract, as the new owners of the Dodgers did recently by taking on Hanley Ramirez. Now is one of the best times of year to try to dump salary.

  3. Nutlaw says:

    Ugh. Why did Mr. Too-Good-For-Rehab-Assignment get put back on the active roster in the first place? He was a great help last season and helped win the team a championship, but he needs to stay on the DL this time and out of ball games if he isn’t right. His 2013 replacement is already a much better choice for the starting lineup. Just let Craig do his thing.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    Its easy to salute Yadier Molina. A defensive star for years, Molina developed himself into an outstanding hitter for a catcher. He shoulders a big workload and catches a great number of games. Without the speed of Vince Coleman, Yadier has still developed into an effective base-stealer. Tonight, Molina has had his way with the poor lad catching for the Brewers. Wow.

  5. crdswmn says:

    Got home late last night. That was one of the most fun games I have been too in a while. Yadi was a one man wrecking crew.

    I will have pics up later.

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