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Traces: 1982
Ripken, Rocky among year's Happ-enings
By Anthony Castrovince /

The year 1982 might have been significant for the Broadway theater crowd, which took in the debut of "Cats."

It most certainly was significant for the British, who overcame Argentina in the Falklands War.

But it wasn't all that significant in terms of the 2008 World Series -- an affair that ran rampant with players under 30.

Strangely, only one member of either the 2008 Rays or the 2008 Phillies was born in 1982, and that's left-hander J.A. Happ, who pitched three innings of four-hit, one-run ball in Game 3 of the Phillies' National League Division Series win over the Dodgers after making just eight appearances for the Phils during the regular season.

As a child of the '80s, Happ has a pretty obvious favorite movie.

"'The Goonies,'" he said. "Who didn't like 'The Goonies'? Those kids looking for treasure were so cool."

Though 1982 might not have been momentous in providing 2008 World Series participants, it did have its share of meaningful moments:

* Cal Ripken's streak of 2,682 consecutive games played begins.

* Comedian John Belushi dies of a drug overdose at the age of 33.

* A permanent artificial heart is implanted in a human for the first time.

* The space shuttle Columbia makes its first mission.

* The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial opens in Washington, D.C.

* The Epcot theme park opens at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

* Time Magazine gives its Man of the Year honor to a non-human (the computer) for the first time.

In pop culture, we learned to "phone home" with "E.T." We also watched Dustin Hoffman dress in drag in "Tootsie" and Rocky Balboa stage a successful rematch against Clubber Lang (Mr. T) in "Rocky III."

Rocky got some much-needed inspiration from the Survivor hit "Eye of the Tiger," which shot up the pop charts, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne shocked the world by biting a live bat on stage.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.