There was some video posted today on YouTube from the second to last Brewers game of the regular season in 1981. The video, which is from the Tigers telecast, is significant because it was the game in which the Brewers clinched their first ever playoff appearance.
Reliever Rollie Fingers, who won the AL Cy Young and MVP awards in 1981, struck out Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker to clinch the Brewers’ second half AL East title. The 1981 season was divided because of a players’ strike so the Brewers played the Yankees, the first half AL East winners, in a best-of-five series. They lost the series 3-2.
It’s great to watch the Brewers celebrate as the fans rush onto the field at County Stadium. That’s some classic video and I’m glad someone deemed it worthy of unearthing for us.