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On This Date in Cardinals History: Oct. 20, 1982

On this day 30 years ago the Cardinals broke a 15-year championship drought when the they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3 in game seven of the 1982 World Series.

The Cardinals were up two games to one in the series but dropped two in a row in Milwaukee to put themselves in a position of needing to win two in a row back at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds took care of business in game six with a 13-1 win behind rookie pitcher John Stupor. But things didn't look so good when the Brewers scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-3 lead.

But the Birds were able to answer in the bottom of the sixth with three runs of their own when Ozzie Smith singled and Lonnie Smith doubled to make it second and third with one out. Gene Tenace walked to load the bases and then Keith Hernandez singled to right center to tie the game and George Hendrick singled to right to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead.

Lonnie Smith led off the bottom of the eighth with a ground rule double and Hernandez was intentionally walked. Darrell Porter and Steve Braun plated two more insurance runs with singles to give the Birds a three-run lead.

That would be more than enough for Bruce Sutter who played the role of not only closer but also middle reliever and set-up man with 7 2/3 innings pitched in the four games in which he appeared during the 1982 World Series.

Sutter pitched two silent innings in game seven before striking out Gorman Thomas to end the game and give the Cardinals their ninth World Series victory.