09/23/2010 8:00 PM ET
Cecil Cooper's game-winning hit in Game 5 of the 1982 ALCS voted Top Moment in Brewers History in "40 Years/40 Moments" program
MILWAUKEE -- The top three moments in Brewers team history have been decided, and according to fan and media voting through the Milwaukee Brewers' "40 Years/40 Moments" program, Cecil Cooper's game-winning two-run single in Game 5 of the 1982 ALCS vs. the California Angels was selected as the top Brewers moment from the first four decades of Brewers baseball. Cooper's hit received 55.73% of the total votes. The game-winning hit by Cooper gave the Brewers the American League pennant and advanced Milwaukee to the World Series.
Ryan Braun's two-run home run in the eighth inning that helped give the Brewers a 3-1 win to claim the 2008 National League Wild Card finished in second place, with 13.07% of the total votes. The first regular-season game in Brewers history, on April 7, 1970, rounded out the Top 3 Moments, with 11.89% of the votes.
Over the course of the season, there has been a series of polls on Brewers.com (including video vignettes of each moment) to select the top moments from each of the four decades of Brewers baseball. A separate media poll was also conducted for each decade, with results of the two polls weighed equally. The top three events from each decade advanced into a final vote to select the All-Time Greatest Moments in Brewers History.
On Sept. 3, the polls opened again at Brewers.com, and fans and media were asked to vote for their Top 3 moments in Brewers history from the group of Top 12 "finalist" moments (Top 3 moments from each decade). The unveiling of the Top 3 moments from the promotion will occur tonight on broadcasts and in Miller Park.
FOX Sports Wisconsin produced separate features on each of the 40 Moments nominees. These video vignettes, which aired throughout the season, were narrated and written by media, celebrities, former players and other dignitaries.
The Top 12 moments from the "40 Years/40 Moments" program are listed below (in order of their voting totals).
40 YEARS/40 MOMENTS:
#1 - 55.73%
OCTOBER 10, 1982
In the decisive Game 5 of the 1982 ALCS vs. California, Cecil Cooper comes through with a bases-loaded, two-run single to left field off Luis Sanchez in the seventh inning. The hit scored Charlie Moore and Jim Gantner (the tying and winning runs) as the Brewers rallied from a 3-2 deficit to prevail, 4-3, and win the American League pennant to advance to the World Series.
#2 - 13.07%
SEPTEMBER 28, 2008
Ryan Braun blasts a two-run homer against the Cubs in the eighth inning during the last game of the regular season. The Brewers clinch the National League Wild Card to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 1982.
#3 - 11.89%
APRIL 7, 1970
American League baseball returns to Milwaukee after 69 years when the Brewers play their first game as a member of the American League West division on April 7, 1970, dropping a 12-0 decision to the California Angels.
#4 - 7.03%
SEPTEMBER 9, 1992
Robin Yount singles off Cleveland pitcher Jose Mesa in the seventh inning at County Stadium to become the 17th player in Major League Baseball history to reach the 3,000-hit plateau. At 36 years, 11 months and 24 days old, Yount becomes the third-youngest member of the 3,000-Hit Club, behind Ty Cobb (34 years, 8 months, 1 day) and Hank Aaron (36 years, 3 months, 12 days). Coincidentally, Yount's 1,000th and 2,000th hits also came against the Indians.
#5 - 5.00%
SEPTEMBER 28, 2008
CC Sabathia pitches a complete-game victory on short rest against the Cubs in the regular-season finale. The team embraces in the infield and then watches as the Marlins knock off the Mets to send the Brewers to the postseason as a champagne celebration with the fans follows.
#6 - 2.01%
APRIL 19, 1987
Dale Sveum delivers a two-run walk-off home run to give the Brewers a 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Easter Sunday. The win extends the team's winning streak to 12 consecutive games to start the season.
#7 - 1.76%
JULY 20, 1976
Hank Aaron blasts his 755th and final home run off Dick Drago of the California Angels in the seventh inning of a 6-2 victory at County Stadium on July 20, 1976. Aaron would reign as baseball's home run king for the next 30 years.
#8 - 1.26%
APRIL 15, 1987
Juan Nieves tosses the first and only no-hitter in Brewers history when he blanks the Orioles by a 7-0 score at Memorial Stadium.
#T9 - 1.00%
JULY 25, 1999
Robin Yount becomes the first player wearing a Brewers cap to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
#T9 - 1.00%
SEPTEMBER 28, 2000
County Stadium Closing Ceremonies: An 8-1 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds isn't enough to take away from the County Stadium finale as a crowd of 56,354 -- the largest regular-season crowd in County Stadium history -- is treated to an appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist Ben Sheets (who pitched a complete-game shutout over Cuba to give the USA its first baseball gold). Following the game, 40 of County Stadium's living legends are part of a 100-minute ceremony emceed by Bob Uecker, Merle Harmon and Earl Gillespie. Among the returning heroes are Hall of Famers Henry Aaron and Warren Spahn of the Braves; Willie Davis and Jim Taylor of the Green Bay Packers; and Rollie Fingers and Robin Yount of the Brewers.
#11 - 0.25%
APRIL 5, 1974
Only 18 years old, Robin Yount -- "The Kid" -- makes his Major League debut as the Brewers' shortstop on Opening Day against the Boston Red Sox at County Stadium on April 5, 1974. After playing only 64 games in the Minors, Yount becomes the youngest player ever to appear in a Major League game for the Brewers.
#12 - 0%
AUGUST 28, 1992
The Brewers score a franchise-record 22 runs while setting an American League record with 31 hits in a 22-2 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. [Note - the most hits in a game in modern baseball history (since 1900) is 31, accomplished by the New York Giants (vs. Cincinnati, June 9 1901) in the National League and the Milwaukee Brewers (vs. Toronto, 28 August, 1992) in the American League].