After 40 years, the 1982 World Series Brewers celebrate again

This isn’t the first time that Cecil Cooper has been part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of a team that failed at the World Championships. In 2015, Cooper returned with the Red Sox, to commemorate the runner-up in the 1975 World Championships.

Surrounded by my fellow Milwaukee Brewers, Cooper said Friday, the only team in franchise history to make it to the World Series — and the team that meets regularly to celebrate anniversaries on the American Family Field.

The 1975 World Series is most remembered by the dramatic Homer Carlton Fisk, strongly suggesting that the ball stays fair and force a seventh game against the Cincinnati Reds. Seven years later, ‘Coop’ provided his signature moment for the 1982 Brewers postseason with a green light song against the California Angels in Game 5 of the ALCS, this time noting that the ball was “going down.”

“I guess that’s kind of what made me do it,” Cooper said, pointing to Fisk’s fabled arm waves. “The back of my head, probably.

Cecil Cooper serves drinks to patrons during A "Click on Takeover" At American Family Field Friday, August 5, 2022. The members of the Brewers 1982, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their World Series, were ready to celebrate before the game.

“I’m surprised and happy to see so many players,” Cooper added. “There are still quite a few guys out there that are still around. A lot of these guys were still in baseball until the last few years.”

Cooper was among them, most recently as a manager for the Houston Astros until 2009. Prior to that, his coaching career included a stint as a coach for the Pool Brewers.

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