How the World Was the Last Time Milwaukee Saw October Baseball

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How the World Was the Last Time Milwaukee Saw October Baseball

Every year the Cubs make the playoffs, you see the lists. Lists of things that have changed since the last time the Cubs won the World Series in 1908 (Two World Wars, television, airplanes, etc.).

As great as these lists are for those of us who can't stand the Cubs, the Brewers have also had their own long success drought.

It was 1982 the last time the Brewers played in baseball's postseason.  The Golden Age of baseball mustaches.

We were still two years away from the telescreens and Big Brother that George Orwell wrote about in 1984. We were three years away from the flux capacitor and time travel, and almost 20 years away from deep-space missions led by manipulative spacecraft.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial earned over $300 million at the box office, and Ghandi won eight Acadamy Awards.

Survivor's Eye of the Tiger and Joan Jett's I Love Rock & Roll were two of the year's most popular songs, and Michael Jackson released an album called Thriller.  I have no idea why that would be significant to anyone, though.

Cheers, Knight Rider, and Silver Spoons all premiered in 1982, and David Letterman aired his first late-night show that year.

Joe Montana had just led the San Francisco 49ers to victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI moments after spotting actor John Candy in the stands.  The Clemson Tigers were voted college football's national champions after defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Orange Bowl.

Wayne Gretzky still dominated the NHL as an Edmonton Oiler. The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship over the Philadelphia 76ers and North Carolina beat Georgetown for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship.

Many of today's star athletes also began life in 1982: Dwyane Wade, Ben Roethlisberger, Justin Gatlin, Danica Patrick, JJ Hardy, Kaka, Tony Parker, Justine Henin, and Andy Roddick all were born in 1982.

A gallon of gas cost $1.30.

And the Milwaukee Brewers represented the American League in the World Series. 

It would take the franchise 26 years to qualify for postseason play again. Hopefully, the next time the Brewers make the playoffs, an article like this won't be necessary because all the happenings of 2008 will be fresh in people's minds.

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