On October 15, 1982 — At County Stadium Willie McGee becomes the third rookie to hit two home runs in same World Series game. Going deep off Brewers starter Pete Vuckovich in the fifth and seventh innings in Game 3 of the Fall Classic. His homerun in the 5th broke open the scoreless game.
His 7th inning shot was a solo shot. The Rookie will go 2-3 with a walk and 4 RBI’s. The Cardinals’ center fielder joins Charlie Keller (1939) and Tony Kubek (1957), who also accomplished the feat in the third game of their respective Fall Classics. McGee wasn’t done though as he will rob Gorman Thomas of a homerun in the 9th that would have made it a 2 run game.
McGee, who had come up to the Cardinals in May and finished third as the National League’s Rookie of the Year balloting, also started the game by snatching a drive by Paul Molitor to start the game. He drifted back to the fence, waited, leaped, and hauled in the drive, interrupting the enthusiasm of the crowd. McGee’s two homeruns will be the only Homeruns by the Cardinals in the Series.
In the seventh with one out, Andújar had to leave the game when a line drive from Ted Simmons struck his kneecap. The Brewers loaded the bases in that inning, but ace reliever Bruce Sutter got the final out to squelch the threat.
Cecil Cooper accounted for the Brewers’ only runs with a two-run homer in the eighth off Sutter, the Cardinals will take the series lead 2 games to 1.
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