The 2022 season was a special one for the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans for several reasons.
Obviously, it was the farewell tour for Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina, one that consisted of Pujols reaching 700 home runs and Molina and his batterymate Adam Wainwright breaking the record for wins and starts as a pitcher-catcher duo.
But it was also the 40th anniversary of their 1982 World Series team.
In August, the Cards held a ceremony welcoming their old squad back to town.
Yesterday, the Cardinals posted a collage of photos from that event as they celebrated the anniversary of the actual date the team won it all, October 20.
Happy 40th Anniversary '82 squad! pic.twitter.com/PVcXDGWUyd
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 20, 2022
Cards Honor ’82 Team
The 2022 season had a little something for everybody in Cardinal Nation.
The older generation of fans got a chance to see the ’82 squad reunited once more.
That team went 92-70 during the regular season, winning the National League East.
They went up against Joe Torre‘s Atlanta Braves in the NLCS and ended up sweeping the series in three games to get to the Fall Classic.
There, they would meet up with their current division rivals in the Milwaukee Brewers, who were in the American League at the time.
The two teams traded punches in each of the first two games at Busch Stadium before the Brewers won two games at home to go up 3-2.
But St. Louis battled back to force Game 7, and riding the hot bat of catcher Darrell Porter, the Redbirds secured their ninth World Series title when closer Bruce Sutter recorded the final out, prompting Jack Buck’s famous “That’s a winner” call.
The ’82 team was a special ballclub for the fans in St. Louis, and still is 40 years in the making.