Cooper's hit in '82 ALCS is top Brewers moment

Cooper's hit in '82 ALCS is top Brewers moment

MILWAUKEE -- Cecil Cooper's go-ahead single in Game 5 of the 1982 American League Championship Series, a hit that sent the Brewers to their only World Series, was voted the top moment in franchise history as part of the club's "40 Years/40 Moments" promotion.

Cooper's hit received more than 55 percent of votes from fans and media to easily edge the second-place finisher, Ryan Braun's dramatic go-ahead home run in the 2008 regular-season finale that sent Milwaukee back to the postseason for the first time since '82. Braun's big fly garnered just more than 13 percent of the votes.

In third place was actually a lopsided 12-0 loss to the Angels on April 7, 1970. That game marked the return of baseball to Milwaukee after a group led by current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig purchased the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court. That first Brewers game drew just less than 12 percent of votes.

Just out of the top three were Robin Yount's 3,000th hit in 1992 and CC Sabathia's complete-game performance in the '08 finale that, along with Braun's homer, helped clinch the National League Wild Card. Dale Sveum's walk-off home run on Easter Sunday of 1987 was sixth in balloting, and Hank Aaron's 755th and final home run in 1976 ranked seventh.

Brewers fans had been voting all season at for their favorite moments as the club celebrated the 40th anniversary of its arrival in Milwaukee. FS Wisconsin had been airing vignettes detailing the moments throughout the summer, and revealed the winners during Thursday's pregame show.