The framed collectible on the silent auction table contained a Topps baseball card from each member of the 1982 Brewers. Just a few feet away, many of the men featured on those cards gathered on a veranda overlooking the practice green at North Shore Country Club.
As they smiled, reminisced, laughed and ripped each other, the question became inevitable:
Has it really been 25 years?
"It sure doesn't seem like it," said Jerry Augustine, a left-handed pitcher on that team.
That was a popular refrain as the group known collectively as "Harvey's Wallbangers" reunited for a golf tournament Monday that served as the opening act of a reunion celebration that will culminate at the Brewers-Cardinals game tonight at Miller Park.
After just a few hours together, the players -- many of whom hadn't seen each other in several years -- slipped easily into '82 mode.
That is, they began teasing each other mercilessly.
"By the looks of some of ‘em, it looks like more than 25 years," said Robin Yount, the shortstop / MVP who looks as though he could still walk onto a big-league diamond and go 3 for 4.
"We've lived a hard life."
Former catcher Ted Simmons called the team "a unique group." Pitcher Don Sutton, a final-month addition who helped push the team over the edge, described the team as having two altar boys (Yount and Paul Molitor), five guys who escaped from Attica and "the rest of us."
Don Money, who took time off from managing the Brewers Class AA team in Hunstville to attend the celebration, said that two of the Wallbangers' favorite pastimes were giving each other nicknames and playing spirited of "flip" before road games.
Both pursuits were designed to embarrass the teammates as much as possible.
"Gorman was the guy who gave out most of the nicknames," said Money, who said his own clubhouse moniker was "Raggy Bitch," was bestowed by Thomas, who was also at the center of many of the flip games.
Flip was a hacky-sack like endeavor in which players would stand in a semi-circle and use their gloves and hands to bodies to flip a baseball back and forth. If you let the ball hit the ground, you were eliminated.
"When we were on the road, we would get to the ballpark three hours before the home team got there," Money said. "We had to play our flip. We played to win. When batting practice started at 5:30, you clicked it the other way. But, when we were playing our flip ... you're not on my team anymore."
The current Brewers can't match their predecessors in "flip," which is virtually obsolete in modern baseball, but they have a chance to rekindle some of the spirit created by the Wallbangers' success.
"I think these guys honestly believe they can win this thing and I'd like to see it happen because I think they can, too," Yount said. "They're as talented as anybody else out there."
Yount, who served as bench coach for manager Ned Yost last season, follows games from his home in Arizona and checks in occasionally with both Yost and Dale Sveum, his close friend and successor in the dugout.
"There is a little bit of communication there," Yount said. "I had my chance last year and they're doing just fine without me. They don't need my help."
Yount and the rest of the '82 team, along with members of the front office staff from that year, will be recognized in a pregame ceremony before the Brewers-Cardinals game tonight. In honor of the "Suds Series," the teams will wear 1982 replica uniforms.
Concourse, third base side - Paul Molitor/Rob Picciolo
Sections 127/128: Gorman Thomas/Marshall Edwards
Sections 126/127: Moose Haas/Roy Howell
Sections 125/126: Ted Simmons/Dwight Bernard
Sections 124/125: Doc Medich/Pete Ladd
Sections 120/121: Larry Haney/Harry Warner
Sections 115/116: Charlie Moore/Jamie Easterly
Sections 111/112: Larry Hisle/Don Money
Sections 110/111: Mike Caldwell/Mark Brouhard
Sections 109/110: Don Sutton/Jerry Augustine
Concourse, first base side: Robin Yount/Ed Romero
Here is a look at what the 1982 Brewers are up to these days:
Jerry Augustine, LHP - The Kewaunee native, who had a successful 12-year run as baseball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, lives in Muskego and owns an insurance agency.
Dwight Bernard, RHP - Works as pitching coach for Class AAA Tacoma, the top minor-league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Spends his off-seasons in Illinois.
Mark Brouhard, OF - Owns a painting business in Camarillo, Calif.
Mike Caldwell, LHP - Is the pitching coach for Class AAA Fresno, the top affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Resides in Raleigh, N.C.
Cecil Cooper, 1B -- Is the bench coach for the Houston Astros.
Jamie Easterly, LHP - Retired and lives in Crockett, Texas.
Marshall Edwards, OF - Lives in College Park, Georiga, where he works as a minister at World Changes International Church.
Rollie Fingers, RHP - Retired and resides in Las Vegas.
Jim Gantner, 2B - Lives in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and is manager of the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League.
Moose Haas, RHP - Works as a personal trainer / conditioning coach in Phoenix.
Larry Hisle, OF -- A resident of Mequon, Hisle is the Brewers' Manager of Youth Outreach and spends much of his time with at-risk children in the Central City.
Roy Howell, INF -- Conducts youth baseball clinics in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Pete Ladd, RHP -- Works at a lumber company in Portland, Maine.
George "Doc" Medich, RHP - Retired in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.
Bob McClure, LHP - Pitching coach of the Kansas City Royals.
Paul Molitor, INF - The Hall of Famer works as a roving minor-league instructor for the Minnesota Twins.
Don Money, INF - Manager of Class AA Huntsville.
Charlie Moore, OF - Works as a sales representative in Birmingham, Ala.
Ben Oglivie, OF - Is the hitting coach for Class A Vero Beach, a minor-league team of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Rob Picciolo, INF - Works as a minor-league instructor for the Los Angeles Angels.
Ed Romero, INF - Works as a minor-league instructor for the Florida Marlins.
Ted Simmons, C - Is a special assistant to San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers.
Jim Slaton, RHP - Works as the bullpen coach for the Seattle Mariners.
Don Sutton, RHP - Is a TV announcer for the Washington Nationals.
Gorman Thomas, OF -- Makes personal appearances for the Brewers.
Pete Vuckovich, RHP -- Is a special assistant for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Resides in Johnstown, Pa.
Ned Yost, C - Currently managing the Brewers.
Robin Yount, SS / OF - After spending last year as the Brewers' bench coach, Yount is retired in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
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