Here is the only Milwaukee Brewers team to make it to the World Series. Here is a video clip at MLB.com paying tribute to this team.
Well, the real AL MVP was Robin Yount. Can't say I disagree with that. He was 2nd in the league in batting average and 2nd on the Brewers in RBI. So I will give him the award. This was a monster lineup, arguably the best in the 1980s. It had two hall-of-famers in Yount and Paul Molitor, who led the AL in runs scored. It had three players hit 30+ home runs, which in 1982 was a big deal (Cecil Cooper, Gorman Thomas, Ben Oglivie). It had 4 players with 100+ RBIs (which again was a big deal in 1982) in Cooper, Yount, Thomas, and Oglivie. I give honorable mention to Cecil Cooper who had this line of stats in 1982; .313 (2nd on team), 32 (3rd on team), and 121 (team leader, 2nd in AL to KC's Hal McRae)
Pete Vuckovich was the real AL Cy Young winner. Although argued that he is one of the alltime worst selections for this award, mostly by people who invent new stats, he was the staff ace for the AL pennant winning team. He went 18-6 with a 3.34 ERA, which is not too shabby.
Rookie Of The Year
Not sure what the exact rules are that define a rookie in Major League Baseball, but I will give the award to Kevin Bass for this team, since he saw his first major league action on this team. He was a decent major league outfielder playing until 1995 mostly with the Astros, Giants, and Mets. He split the '82 season between Milwaukee and Houston, as he was traded late in the season to the Astros for hall-of-famer Don Sutton in a typical stretch drive trade where a young player is traded for a veteran player. He only got into 18 games for the Brewers and then 12 more for the Astros in 1982. Unfortunately, there were no Kevin Bass cards in 1982 in any of the sets. His rookie card was actually in the 1979 Topps set as one of the three players on the Brewers Prospects card that year. He didn't appear in another set until 1984.
Interesting non-Topps card
In the 1982 Donruss set, there were a handful of coaches thrown into the set. One of those coaches that got a card was Harvey Kuenn who was the batting coach for the 1981 Brewers. Buck Rodgers started out the 1982 season as the manager, but the '82 Brewers struggled to a 23-24 start and he was replaced as manager by Harvey Kuenn. In the 1982 Donruss set, you are able to get cards of both Rodgers and Kuenn.